1 Quote. 1 Reflection. 1 Question.
Every man is a consumer, and ought to be a producer. He is by constitution expensive, and needs to be rich. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
(source: Ralph Waldo Emerson (2009). "The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson")
We have often been told to consume less, but rarely been told to produce more.
The truth is, for thousands of years we humans were producers far more than we were consumers. Early humans produced their own food, homes, entertainment, medicine, villages, and tools.
It is nice that we don't have to produce our own daily needs anymore, but we have lost sight of the power of producing.
Producing things can be hard, and it is easy to consume them instead. Here are some common examples:
Reading a book is easier than writing one.
Watching soccer on TV is easier than playing it.
Going to the store to buy beef is easier than raising and killing a cow.
These may seem pretty normal, but we tend to take things to the extreme without notice. There are many ways we have taken consumerism and comfort to the next level. Here are just a few.
Instead of reading a book, we listen to it at 2.5 speed.
Instead of watching a full sports game, we just watch the highlights.
Instead of taking the time to go to a restaurant, we opt for delivery.
Instead of going to the store, we use monthly subscription food plans that deliver to our door.
In sum, these examples, show us that we often rob ourselves of producing experiences for the sake of consumerism, and comfort. Our 20's are the times for adventure, discomfort, and new experiences, I encourage you to go out this week and try to produce something.
It may be learning how to paint, trying a new restaurant, or meeting a friend for a hike. I underestimated the power of producing when I started this website. I find myself growing and fulfilled after each newsletter and article I write. If producing has been helpful for me, I am sure it would be helpful to you.
What can you produce this week?
If you liked this newsletter, share it with others.
See you next Sunday,
ABOUT THE NEWSLETTER
The 1-Step Forward Newsletter is a weekly Sunday newsletter.
Each issue contains 1 Quote, 1 Reflection, and 1 Question each meant to guide you on the next step forward in your life towards improvement.
March 20 (newer)
"Don't try to rush progress. Remember- a step forward, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction. Keep believing" - Kara Goucher
March 07 (older)
"Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy." - Napoleon Bonaparte