As part of my low impact living, I've been doing a number of things - like hanging clothes out to dry or cooking whole foods purchased from the local farmer's market - that force me to slow down. So many people think going "green" is a sacrifice, as giving up something. I guess that may be the case for some things but, in so many ways, living lightly on this planet is actually a gift.
I live my life in a constant rush. Hanging out the wash makes me slow down, listen to the birds (there aren't as many of them as there used to be), look at and enjoy my garden, pay some 1:1 attention to my cat. Sometimes, the kids come out to help and that is fun too. It is so much more interesting than having them just push the start button on the dryer.
Tonight, I'm making cranberry beans for dinner. They are these beautiful purple and white speckled beans that you buy fresh from the farmer's market in a red tie-dyed pod. Shucking them makes me slow down and sit. My youngest likes to help out and we can have a nice quiet (or sometimes not so quiet) conversation while we pluck the beans out of the pod.
Let's look at the upsides of living lightly in addition to all the good we are doing for the planet. We're saving our selves along the way.