I once believed convenience was the root of all evil. Which is funny now, because I own what is essentially a convenience store. I still believe that instant gratification, waste, and environmental apathy are negative side effects of a "convenience culture" accelerated by technology and innovation... but there's more to it than that.
The mindfulness trend intends to be the antidote to the negative side effects of convenience. And like all appealing movements, it's kind of hard to master. Being completely present, fully woke, packaging-free, and mostly homemade is not realistic 24 hours a day. Or if you have multiple kids. Pinterest and the DIY craze tried to be your spirit guide in this, but they actually expose the full absurdity of anti-convenience. Because ain't nobody got time for that!
Seriously. How are you going to force your kids to make homemade yogurt and candles all day without killing them? And how are you going to spend 4 hours ironing plastic bags to make a bigger plastic bag, while still making money to pay your bills? Your time is precious and you need to budget it wisely. Because no extreme end of this spectrum is either the solution or the enemy.
Like everything else is life, you must find a balance based on your priorities. Being mindful doesn't have to mean foregoing all negative impact. It means being aware of how you balance your good and bad.
If you value healthy eating but also want to sleep 8 hours each night, spend the time on the meal prep but buy your cauliflower pre-riced. Buying pre-made cupcakes so you have time to throw the birthday party is a win, not a fail. But driving your car to the craft store to buy packages of craft supplies to make a planter that you could have found cheaper, better looking, and with less packaging, is not wise budgeting of your time, money, or values. Unless your passion is crafty homemade planters. Then you should totally go for it.
You know you can't do it all, so stop trying. What chores do you despise that you can outsource? What activities don't feed your soul that you can save time on? What causes are dear to you and how can you prioritize those? Where can you save your energy so you can put it toward the things that matter most?
Modern convenience itself has not saved us time. It's provided more choices. You still have to do the work of choosing how and where to spend your time and money. Make it simple by using your values as a guide. And don't buy into all-or-nothing notions of anything. You can do a little time-saving AND care about the environment. You can focus on your kids AND prioritize self-care. All it takes is a little realistic consideration.
My store isn't just any convenience store. Like a gas station, it saves people the trip into town and the energy of navigating the supermarket. Like shopping online, it saves money in gas and impulse buys and unnecessary items. Like a traditional grocery store, you can still purchase fresh produce and healthy ingredients to make a nutritious dinner.
It's like the perfect blend of mindful convenience for today's fully woke supermom ;)