In our lives there are so many things we can share with others: sharing our food with those who have less; sharing thoughts to help others in times of distress; sharing our views in the hope that others might understand and embrace those views we personally hold dear.
I like to share. I eagerly give out copies of recipes and links to Web sites so others can find what I have found. I do my best to make enough of a recipe to freeze at least a portion so I can stock my step-daughter's freezer, because she doesn't have time to cook and is doing her best to become Vegan too. I list a Vegan recipe in the newsletter I write each week that reaches over 4,000 other South Africans living all over the world.
Is there a deeper side to my sharing? I live in eternal hope that my hinting, talking, sharing, d giving will result in a step in the right direction by friends and family. Since chatting with my walking partner (a neighbor) about my diet, what I eat, and why I think it is a healthier way to go, she has now started eating tofu every day, drinking soymilk, and generally eating a healthier diet. Did I say animal free? No, but each half-gallon of soy milk she buys is one less of cow juice. And each pack of tofu means she is buying less packaged animal parts.
I pick my "themes" depending on what will hopefully produce the best results. There is no point in my telling my neighbor about my views on factory farms -- the pain and suffering that animals go through -- that won't get to her at all. Rather, I use the "this is much healthier" approach with her. If I am talking to some of the younger members of my company about why I don't drink cow juice, I tell them all about the suffering and the actual content of milk. Their eyes grow wide and they tell me that they had never realized what was in the milk they chose to drink. I have helped two young friends who are lactose intolerant to enjoy Vegan meals with my chili recipes and by my explanations of what it is in the dairy products that makes them feel so lousy.
I think we sometimes do not realize that the tiny little sharing thoughts between "us" and "them" can and do make a difference. On those days when I feel "What is the point?" I do my best to remember that now all my friends and acquaintances check on restaurant menus for items that I can eat. They are far more aware than before they met me about why I eat the way I do. Even if they don't agree (and most of them are quite happy to continue munching their grilled chicken or whatever) they are at least more aware of the Vegan choices that are out there.
I share these views with you in the hope that they might help you to spread the word and to understand that sometimes small steps add up to big steps.
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