Tuesday, August 12, 2008

rise #3


On Saturday morning I woke up and had the crazy idea that Rise will have officially become a staple of world culture (insert laugh here) when I received a request for the newsletter from someone I’ve never met before; sure enough when I checked my email an hour later, there it was. So thank you to everyone who finds this as interesting as I do and is willing to share.

Green tip: Create a car journal – everyday write down how many miles were driven with your car and the purpose of the trip (it doesn’t matter if you were either the driver or passenger) and at the end of each month figure out the total number of miles and determine what percentage of the miles could have been accomplished with other means of transportation (e.g. public transport, bike, taxi, borrowing a friend’s car, renting a car, or check out the attached picture). Now for the good part, realize that the average American spends $7,500 – 9,000 (depending on the source) on their car each year (depreciation, taxes, financing, maintenance, tickets, gas, tolls, etc.). To find out the cost for your car, check out http://www.edmunds.com/apps/cto/CTOintroController. Now consider what eliminating your car and replacing it with alternate means of transport could save you. Call it fate, but here’s one of today’s top stories on cnn.com http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/05/27/lifestyle.change.irpt/index.html.

Life tip: happiness or sadness is your choice; events happen in life, whether you see them in a positive or negative light is up to you.

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” - Buddha

'There are 2 wolves fighting in each man's heart. One is Love, the other is Hate. Which one wins? The one you feed the most.' - Old Cherokee proverb

Cool website/article: http://www.travelpod.com/traveler-iq try the game halfway down the page; it’ll give you the name of a city or country and you need to click on the map as quickly as possible and as close as possible to the destination