(vs. Wastefulness)

Finding practical uses for that which others would overlook or discard.

To practice Resourcefulness I will:

We all know the 3 Green R's of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Did you know that they now have two more siblings? Renew and Respect. Renew refers to choosing energy sources and raw materials that are renewable. Respect is a more encompassing idea relating to how an individual or community impacts their environment with every choice. There was a story many years ago about a family who was so eco-conscious that they only had one can of garbage a year! - the ultimate in being resourceful! Wow! They used all plastic containers instead of bags and wraps, they used cloth towels for spills instead of paper towels, they purchased food in bulk through a co-op where they brought their own containers, etc. Consider everything in your own kitchen garbage can right now and just imagine how much effort and resourcefulness were needed to accomplish this.

This month, come up with one more item you can habitually choose to reduce, reuse or recycle.

"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. " - Proverb

"To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk." - Thomas Jefferson


In My School

Educator Bulletin on Resourcefulness

Looking At Resourcefulness Though the Eyes of Trauma

Robin's Reading List

The Character Council also offers faith-based resources for use in religious schools, church groups and families.

Resourcefulness page