On the heels of a wonderful holiday season I've been struggling with getting rid of all the remnants of the season. It seems as though every time I turn around there is another plastic cup or ornament or ribbon left over from the festivities. So much stuff. Each year I say we are going to cut back; cut back on "buying" and shift to "making", cut back on paper and stamps and go to e-greetings. If I want to Model the Way for my children and the way is consuming less, then I am doing only a mediocre job. We are so bound to our traditions and I find my daughter, who has been away at college, is more attached to them, not less. This post holiday season I was fortunate enough to see The Story of Stuff. I was blown away. It is simple, engaging, and impressive. We asked our kids to watch it with us and what followed was some great conversation and I detect, the first real shift in our understanding of the far reaching implications of our consuming. It remains to be seen whether we will be able to shift gears next year, but I am more hopeful, more committed, and inspired to do what we can. Please enjoy the story and spread it around.