This one goes out to, well, anyone who’s reading this! But especially to all my vegan babes eager to make a change.
I’m still trying to figure out the best way to spread the vegan message: how to make it the most digestible for people! It’s a big/loaded topic and I know it’s on my mind from morning to night. I, and I think I can safely say all vegans, carry around a heavy heart knowing about all the abuse that is happening as we go about our day. I sometimes feel like screaming (and actually the other day I took a pillow and did exactly that after seeing a particularly heartbreaking video…) So, the question is, how do we harness that energy into something productive? Like I said, I’m still figuring it out, but I do believe I’m finding my way with every passing day!
The first and most important thing is to be non-judgmental. Everyone is on their own path and it took many vegans (including myself) a good chunk of time to adopt this lifestyle. I know I would have wanted people to be kind and non-judgmental with me BV (before vegan ;). Here’s a quote I saw floating around the internet that sums up this idea quite perfectly, “Always be the vegan you would have wanted to meet before you were vegan yourself!”
Throughout my journey with veganism, my passion has grown every day, and I have found the best way to pass on that passion is by starting a conversation. Also, the more knowledge you have on every aspect of veganism, the more of an impact your conversation will have! Pass on that passion! When chatting with someone about veganism, it’s important to really listen to their perspective; allow the person to be heard. We may be firm in our beliefs, but having a dialogue is important. !Bonus! In my experience, truly listening to someone, although I may not have always agreed with them, helped me to better articulate myself in future discussions.
So we’ve touched on starting a conversation, which brings me to my next thought: pick and choose your moments! I could talk about veganism ‘til I’m blue in the face, but for some, it may be a lot to digest. Although from my perspective it may simply be truth and information, for others, it may create discomfort or even feel like an attack. Veganism is an important cause and while we have a duty to speak up, if we overload people, they will tune out, making our efforts futile.
Be patient, be kind, and know when the other person is getting full!
Numero trois: LEAD BY EXAMPLE! What a wonderful way to change the world! Bring yummy vegan desserts to work; cook a meal for your family; share recipes; show people how sacrifice-free a vegan lifestyle really is! Simply living this life creates a ripple effect around you. I made vegan cheese cakes a little while ago (shout out to minimalist baker!) and brought them to a lil’ gals’ night. One of those gals was a pretty big vegan sceptic, but when she tried these little bites of heaven she couldn’t stop raving about them, even saying “These are the best desserts I’ve ever had, vegan or not!” That being said, she didn’t become vegan, but that night her mind was opened to what a vegan really eats!
Those are some thoughts and ideas I have on the topic. I would love to hear from you! Thoughts, advice, stories, anything and everything!
A global movement is happening and THE MORE THE MERRIER!
Big big hugs to all y’all.
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“I am sometimes asked, ‘Why do you spend so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty done to men?’ I answer, ‘I am working at the roots.”
-George T. Angell