my circle of influence

I was going to post this as a comment to M’s post, but I decided it warranted an actual post on my site.

K was telling me about this Globe and Mail article on Friday, and ever since I’ve been struggling with how I feel about it. I read the first page and then didn’t read more because I am too cheap to pay $5.00 for something that I know will depress me. I did, however, read a few other Internet articles on Bisphenol-A (most of them very biased).

Anyway, I’ve decided I am getting sick of hearing how many terrible things I am doing for myself, the environment and for my son. So this afternoon I took stock on some things I’m doing right (in no particular order):
– We recycle everything we’re allowed to recycle.
– We wash in cold water, most of the time.
– We don’t use dryer sheets.
– We dry clothes on the line when the weather permits.
– We don’t flush the toilet all the time (as the saying goes on Hornby, if it’s yellow, be mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down).
– We wear sunscreen.
– We exercise, providing a healthy example for Elliot.
– We eat well, again providing a good example for Elliot.
– We carpool to work, most days.
– We compost.
– We have an earthquake kit.
– And most importantly from Elliot’s point of view, we love him to bits.

This is not to say that we can’t improve, because I know we can do a lot more. And this is not to say that I’m going to ignore the information on Bisphenol A, or the next thing that comes out. I just don’t want to drive myself crazy worrying about things that I can’t easily control.

Statistically speaking, every day that I get in the car with Elliot, I put him in danger. But if we didn’t get in that car, we’d be missing out on something. A walk in the park, a visit with a friend, a chance for him to learn something new.

I just want to keep some perspective.