Be Rich in 364 Days – Part 2-A A +A
Friday, August 16, 2013
ABOUT a month ago, Pope Francis came out with a strong message which the press picked up as his “attack” against a “culture of waste”. He was particularly calling the world’s attention to wasteful habits.
He was appalled at how the world, particularly, the richer sectors of our society, would encourage wasteful purchases of food when sizable portions of it are just wasted. Large food and drink servings that are left on the dining table, and thrown or discarded for non-human consumption is sinful, in view of widespread hunger and poverty.
I remember my first visit to a COSTCO, something like a SAM’S, or our locally present, S&R. They do not normally carry the basic necessities we find in our local supermarkets or groceries. They carry the “luxurious” items, the “want” items, more than the “needs”. And the more obvious difference is that the items are only available in bigger sizes, packs and quantities. Normally, you can’t get a tissue roll or a can of sardines, you get dozens or packs of them. Of course, they attract some shop owners or business people who would buy in bulk.
But for the households, buying in such quantities usually result in many items in the cupboard or pantry that get past "use thru dates." In other words, we end up with waste. We waste resources. We waste money.
Avoiding waste is a good culture and a good habit. Aside from avoiding sin, it is one way of getting rich.
As they say, a centavo saved is a centavo earned.
My Dearest Family,
As a kid, I remember my mother telling me at the dining table, that each grain of rice we leave on our plates will cause a wart to grow on our faces.
That was a nice way of "threatening" us, and encouraging us to avoid wasteful eating habits. Of course, as we grew older, she would tell us to think of all the poor children who have no rice on their plates. I hope I have reminded my children in no uncertain terms, too.
As soon as I read the article on the "Culture of Waste," I had it cut out and photocopied, with a personal message, for posting, in all our bulletin boards.
Waste control and "War on Waste" is nothing new to us. But this timely reminder from no less than the Pope, is a confirmation of what we have been taught and believe in. It is something we share, but sometimes, we fail to execute persistently and perseveringly.
With vigor, we must, not only because it will mean cost savings, and bigger net income, but because to do otherwise, is SINFUL.
As the old adage goes, “Waste Not, Want Not!”
“Waste Not” applies not only to food items, but to all other resources. Common items are office supplies, maintenance supplies, electricity, water, gas, and even “little” things like tissue paper, paper bags, soap, and the like.
A popular "3R'S" to help us by: "Reduce. Reuse. Recycle."
And most important of all,
WASTE NOT AN INVALUABLE RESOURCE –
WASTE NOT YOUR TIME!
DO NOT BE IDLE! BE PRODUCTIVE!
Let there be WAR, a WAR ON WASTE –W.O.W.! And wage the war NOW!
“When they all had enough to eat, He said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” - John 6:12
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 17, 2013.