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Make yourself useful…

When I was a kid not doing much, which was often, my dad would tell me – in jest, I think – to “Make yourself useful.”

Saturday's haul. It's 6:10 Sunday morning, and I'm about to head out the door, bag in hand, ready to do my thing.

Saturday’s haul. It’s 6:10 Sunday morning, and I’m about to head out the door, bag in hand, ready to do my thing.

It’s been a struggle to do that ever since. But when it comes to our pathways, I take a bit of the opposite approach. I am something of a path-Nazi; no piece of plastic is too small, no piece of paper too unsightly to pick up.

My suggestion for path-neophytes is to start small, think small. If you see one Coke or Pepsi bottle or one beer can or one McDonalds / Burger King wrapper or one chunk of polystyrene foam along the way, pick it up. Build from there. The removal of even one item from our environment is forward progress. You’ll be amazed at how you feel: pride, accomplishment – and payback against the evil trash throwers.

Like my dad said, ‘”Make yourself useful.”

About Dave Bradley (254 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility. I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen letters as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

1 Comment on Make yourself useful…

  1. Mort Mortensen // June 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm // Reply

    Useful… as well as ornamental.

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