Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, or Do Without

Thrifty, practical, resourceful, restrained.  Maybe old-fashioned, but still good qualities, no matter where you’re from. — Robin McCoy

My friend, Robin, writes a weekly blog where she gives practical advise about decluttering, not being wasteful, and lots of good practical advise. Her blog is called Robin’s Rules of Order. This week’s post tells us that during WWII a conservation motto was “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” Later in her blog she discusses one of the best examples of not being wasteful — chicken stock. Leftover chicken, vegetables, and garlic can produce a wonderful chicken stock that can be frozen and used countless times.

Robin not only reminds me to not be wasteful, but she makes me think about myself in these fall of my years. I have lot of leftovers in my mind that combined together can become a fine stock for the coming years. Wisdom, lessons learned, and years of experience simmered just right can begin a new career, hobby, or opportunity to pass on to the next generations.

What leftover ingredients can you put into your life’s pot to create a new foundation of wondrous enjoyment? Think about it.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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