A couple of week long mystery was solved when Jolene asked me if I got the book she sent me….A Vegan’s Daily Companion is CHOCK FULL of information, including recipes, stories about animal compassion, some written by some well known and surprising authors, health tidbits and so much more. Written by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, it includes some thought provoking tidbits on compassionate communication, which I love!
This book is written, as the title suggests, to be read one day at a time for the entire year. On Day 2, Patrick-Goudreau writes about the history if the expression “kill two birds with one stone,” which most of us group up with, but actually dates back about 2,000 years. Instead, she suggests, why not say “to cut two carrots with one knife?” She goes on to say “Besides spreading nonviolent language, the best part about saying it will be watching people stop you in mid-sentence to say “What did you just say?” Nice! It never fails to make people smile and think twice about the violence of the original phrase. We can still say what we mean without promoting violence toward animals.”
I love this new phrase and hope I can remember to use it until it becomes natural. Like Pete suggests in his Green Panther Press…”Learn to unlearn.” I will be sharing more of these as it’s amazing how many expressions we use freely that really represent violence to the very beings we love to love– our beautiful animal friends. I mean really, do we ever REALLY run around like a chicken with it’s head cut off??
On Vegan (Feast) Thursday, why don’t we all consider compassion…not just in our food choices, but in all our choices. What the world needs now is definitely some love, sweet love. Pass it on!