Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Writing for a website about green flooring products, I've been knee-deep in research for a couple weeks. And the thing is, the more I know, the less I understand.

That's not quite right. Maybe the opposite is closer to the truth: the more I understand, the less I know.

Let's take a (fairly) simple example.

Concrete is made from sand, gravel, water, and Portland cement. Producing one ton of cement also produces one ton of carbon dioxide.

Not so good.

Manufacturers started replacing some of the cement with fly ash, a waste product from coal-burning power plants. Sounds good. Except that adding fly ash may increase the level of radon in the concrete.

Actually, the particular facts here don't really matter. The key is, when you change one thing, you change everything. That's true when you're talking about green building products. It's even more true when you're talking about life.

I've been looking at how to change my life to get back to being happier, feeling stronger and more fulfilled. It feels like if I change one thing it will start a chain reaction that changes everything.

I just need to figure out where to start.

Maybe it doesn't matter where I start. Maybe the most important thing is just to start.


Michelle O'Neil said...

Just keep reaching for relief Jerri. You are doing great. Keep going for whatever is more you.

Go Mama said...

"Maybe it doesn't matter where I start. Maybe the most important thing is just to start."

You got that right.
Baby steps, j, baby steps.
You don't need the whole map.

Carrie Wilson Link said...

You just started!

kario said...

Ripples in the pond. Positive energy out, positive energy coming back around.

Love you.

Amber said...

Amen sister.


Deb said...

Don't you love it when the answers shoot out of your fingers like that?