I saw a segment on Oprah recently about families who lived in excess, essentially shining a spotlight on most of the Western world. The premise of the show was that the current economic storm is a wake-up call for people in this throw-away society to be more conscious of their wastefulness and to focus on the things in life that really matter -- friends, family, spirituality, etc.
Two families were challenged to do without their excesses for one week. What was most sickening was the way the children reacted to walking merely two blocks to school or doing without the computer for one week. It seems that society's bad habits are effecting more than just credit scores; it's ruining the lives of the next generation of leaders -- the children.
What excesses can you do without and how can you waste less? I'd love to hear your ideas.