In the course of our lives we'll eat approximately 6 tons of
food, own 6 cars, live in 11 homes, and wear countless items of
clothing - yet all of this consumption is largely unconscious. We use, eat, and
wear these items without much consideration of the core question for all of us:
how much is enough and how do we know? Resilience is the ability of any
system to recover from stress - be it an I-beam, a community or a person.
Part of resilience is having what you need to survive and thrive. Another part
is NOT having what you don't need, releasing rather than hoarding, spreading
the wealth around so everyone has enough. Vicki Robin has been a leading voice
in sustainable consumption for over two decades. Her books, Your Money or Your
Life and Blessing the Hands that Feed Us, help people understand consumption in
the larger circle of their lives.