"Waste not, want not." is a phrase I grew up with. Not necessarily the hearing of it, but always the example of it. Be it passing on clothing to someone in need or saving leftovers after a meal. Switching off lights not in use, drawing only the amount of water required to bath in, having a full load of clothes before you wash, not to nickle and dime your money away on unnecessary items.
I could go on and on and on. I allow myself more luxuries than my parents did. I usually take quick showers, so when I do bathe, I fill the tub up and make it an event. I leave a small flouresent light on over the kitchen sink from dark to bedtime, so we can find our way in easily and a low wattage hall light on at the back of the living room for going to the bedroom.
But it sickens me the waste I see here, there and yonder. People who throw clothes out as garbage even when they are not stained or torn. Folks in social settings who help their plates to overflowing and then not finish half of it. It truly irritates me. I seldom if every say anything. Usually it is not my place to. But, I do find I esteem those individuals a little less after seeing it.
How wasteful would you say you are? Does seeing the wastefulness of others upset you? If you have seen someone acting this way, does it change your view of them?