170: Colonel Mark Read, part 2: His Family’s Best Christmas Ever

April 18, 2019 by Joshua
in Podcast

A lot of people say, “Josh, easy for you to act on the environment. You don’t have kids.”

First, I could point to former guest Bea Johnson, who with her husband and 2 sons, produce less than a mason jar of trash per year, whom I see as role models to aspire to.

I could point out former guest Jim Harshaw, who involved his four children and wife in his personal challenge. They loved the process and he used it to bring them together.

Now I can point out Colonel Mark Read, whom you’re about to hear talking joy, fun, bringing family together and not in small ways. Acting on their environmental values connects them across generations, which he then brings to West Point cadets.

The point is not to copy what we do, but to find what matters to you and act on it. One by one, other things will follow. I make things work for my life. They make their things work in their lives. If I lived your life, I’d make it work. You can too.

Family is only one aspect I could focus on with Col. Read’s results. Once you find emotional reward in it, results are a matter of time. I had no idea when I started that I’d reach the level of taking 16 months to fill a load of garbage. Looking back, I see that once I started, that result was inevitable because it’s fun, delicious, and rewarding.

Hearing Mark’s experience reducing waste with his family, you tell me if you think they’re done or just starting.

How far do you think they’ll get?

West Point has long traditions. It might be that changing how they do things is hard. It may be that the changes fall within their basic values of service and stewardship. Or maybe something else.

We’ll see.

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