My Kind Of Activism

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In my previous post I promised to tell you why I post BOTH Vegetarian and Vegan recipes. It has much to do with my kind of activism.

My goal, like many others, is to make a difference for change. A change for the good of people, animals, plants and air, etc. The way that people do this varies between persons, groups, companies, etc. It’s important that when I post or say something that it is heard and received well enough to make one ‘think’. I believe being kind, patient and respectful of my audience’s intelligence is a far better way and far better reach.

There are many activists with fire in their veins. Their hearts are just as passionate as mine and there are those who will listen to them. I won’t judge them and say that their way has  less of an impact than mine. What I will say is that we both have a place in activism. Someone who will not listen to who they consider extremists WILL listen to me. On the other hand, there will be those who may say I have little passion and will listen to those with fire in their veins. But what people DON’T see are the hearts of activists. They beat the same. The passion the same. They both want change. They just take two different roads leading to the same destination. Activists shouldn’t criticize each others approach, but be encouraging what ever path they’ve chosen.

On the flip side of this activism coin is the uninformed or unaware public or ‘individual’. Just as one cannot see the heart of the activist, one cannot see the heart of the individual. To reach the top of a ladder one must climb. So too, to reach a better state one must progress. People all over the world are in different places in their progression. Some may be at the bottom, some in the middle, some at top and others in between. We MUST have patience with anyone who is even ON the ladder! We shouldn’t look down on the beginner, for we were once a beginner. We don’t know if a person will make it to the top or stay where they are all their life. But for me to have peace in my heart, I must be patient and love people where they are. I can’t climb the ladder for anyone except myself.Yet I can encourage those on the ladder without condemnation for where they’re at nor do I condemn them if they’ve stopped moving. Hence…..I post both Vegetarian and Vegan recipes. Where some may see Vegan as superior is not my argument here. It’s the fact that I want to celebrate ALL those who are on the ladder, the ladder with it’s mission to save the world!! ❤

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A Sense Of Kindness

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Have you ever thought about all the differences in our world? The different colors, different animals, different shapes, different fish, etc,etc! People have differences in size, hair color, religion, what hand they write with, etc, etc. We live in a world of VAST differences. Some people can see or hear better than others. Since this is true, it is equally as true that some people have a stronger sense of smell than others.

That brings us to the precious canary photo above: Years ago in coal mines they used a canary to determine if their air supply was toxic. The toxic gasses would kill the canary first, alerting the miners to get out! There is a growing disease called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, abbreviated MCS. People who have this disease are referred to as ‘Canaries’. I, myself, have this. There is a difference though. The canary in the coal mine had no smell of warning or danger. Most of the time ‘we’ do. It’s well known as fragrance. It makes people with MCS very ill. It’s not the odor itself because some fragrance is pleasant. It’s the chemicals IN and sometimes OF the fragrance. Just because you don’t smell danger and I do, doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous to our health. I feel like those movie actors who try to warn the officials of coming danger, but am unheeded until it’s too late.

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Fragrance is found in SO many products. Soap, laundry detergent, shampoo, the list goes on and on. The problem for sufferers of MCS is that it takes just a small amount or a small whiff of these chemicals to make us terribly ill. The off-gases of things like paint can do the same thing. A dear friend of mine was trying to think of a solution for me, when she suggested I wear a mask. Some people actually do wear masks. I’m not to that point and I hope I never am. I told her that it was a funny thought that I could be out shopping wearing a mask and people thinking I had some awful and contagious disease, when it actuality it was I who was protecting myself from ‘them’! You may be wondering at this point what you can do to help people who have MCS. Maybe you have a friend or family member with it. Here are some tips:

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Educate yourself about MCS and chemicals. These products affect our environment we all  live in! They are not healthy for any of us. It’s all about money making for the companies who make products with these chemicals for the consumer to buy. Please don’t buy poison, no matter how great it smells or how pretty the bottle is. Follow environmental social medias.

When you visit someone who has MCS, please wear no fragrance. An alternative may be a light essential oil based fragrance. They shouldn’t have chemicals. And pre-wash your clothes in a fragrance free detergent. Yes, I can even smell fragrance in clothes.

If a person with MCS is visiting your home, please do not light any fragrant candles or use any air freshener spray. When my daughter was young she told me how she loved that our home had a neutral smell. I use baking soda with a natural lemon dish soap to clean most things. And Murphy’s Oil Soap (99% natural) on our wood floors/cabinets. Try shopping for products at your local natural foods store or Co-op. I don’t use bleach at all. I’ve read that a great substitute for bleach is hydrogen peroxide. 🙂

I hope I’ve helped someone out there to understand MCS a little better. Getting away from chemicals and fragrance is healthy for the environment, for you and for those you are around, whether friend, family or the general public. Going natural is a kind way to be. May we have a ‘sense of kindness’ to those around us.

Kind Food, Kind YOU.

 

 

It’s About So Much More

No, I don’t eat animals…..but it’s about so much more than that. It’s not just what I do or don’t do, it’s how I THINK. This video shows the degradation of mankind in my eyes. I don’t want myself nor others to be like the person in this video. I want to think and be kinder ❤

Kind food, kind YOU…

Target Employee’s act of Kindness Will Inspire YOU to Practice Kindness

Kindness is learned many times. If one didn’t learn it as a child, then witnessing it as an adult will help you learn it as an adult. Never too late! 🙂

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A random act of kindness (and a little patience) goes a long way on the Internet.

Ishmael Gilbert, a Target employee in Glendale, Indiana, inspired many people with his kindness when a customer took a picture of him patiently helping an elderly woman pay for her groceries with coins.

Target Employee's act of Kindness Will Inspire YOU to Practice Kindness

Sarah Owen Bilger wrote on Facebook;

“[I] was frustrated with this woman and the inconvenience she had placed on me…I watched him help her count her change, ever so tenderly taking it from her shaking hands. I listened to him repeatedly saying “yes, mam” to her…Never once did this employee huff, gruff or roll his eyes. He was nothing but patient and kind,”

Bilger was also with her daughter and she was especially happy that her child was able to witness the interaction.

“I realized I hadn’t been inconvenienced at all.That my daughter was instead witnessing kindness and patience and…

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