Just for fun, he tucked in the full color brochure describing the new SUV he’d just ordered. (He loved that new car smell!) Byron figured she’d be very impressed! He also wanted to ask if she had room in her storage building for his new rider. Heaven knows it would never fit in his 2-car garage, too much stuff in it already!
Byron putted into Sharon’s driveway and found her on the patio. “Hi Bye! I just got back from visiting my sister, Bette Erway.” Sharon went on to describe Bette’s tidy house that’s part of a co-housing community with 6 other families. Sharon stayed in the community guest house and happened to have come the weekend of the fall block party. The festivities included a soak in the shared hot tub while watching the kids play in the tree house and on the yard swings and climbing ropes. Bette loved the easy access to these accommodations without having to be the only one responsible for their cost or upkeep.
Sharon went on to tell about a sweet Facebook group Bette had joined called the Buy Nothing Project. (buynothingproject.org) With no obligations or fees and “Keep It Civil” as the only rule, she’s found this is a simple way to share or give away stuff she no longer needs and also to get free items or services that she can use. An added and maybe even more important benefit is that she’s gotten to know her neighbors better and has found lots in common with folks whose yard signs (and opinions) are very different than hers.
That evening Byron watched a news clip that reported it would take the resources of FOUR Earths if every human consumed resources like the average American. He’d always assumed that owning a bunch of cool stuff was the key to happiness. But Sharon A. Goodlife made him think there may be a more fulfilling way to live without so much stuff.
After all, we only have this one planet to share where we’re all forever… Earthbound.