resourcefulness“Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do. Or do without.”

I can’t count how many times I’ve heard my mom say this over the years. It was practical advice learned from her mother and grandmother who had survived the Depression era. Why waste money on unnecessary things when they could use it up, wear it out, …

This week’s character trait is resourcefulness. The wise use of that which others would normally overlook or discard. Being ingenious and enterprising or good at problem solving, especially in difficult situations. The resourceful one can be stranded in a home without power yet still get a fire started and fix something to eat. (Or be able to transport heavy bags home from the store using a baby stroller!)

What does resourcefulness look like in our home? I have plastic tubs of hand-me-down clothes for my nine-year-old to grow into. We have a box full of newspapers and cardboard to pass along to my parents who heat their home with wood stoves. I’ve been known to creatively invent a meal from ingredients I have on hand and I try to stock the freezer with meal-sized bags of spaghetti squash.

Beyond the household budget, there are other ways to be resourceful. For instance, this blog post. I’m typing it on my iPad mini between innings at a high-school baseball game. Then I’ll copy and paste it into my blog’s mobile app and schedule it as part of this continuing series on character.

What better way to use my time while the other pitcher throws his warm-up pitches?

What about you? How are you resourceful around the home? Any ideas for other places?

Character Matters – Resourcefulness
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