Needing kindness, giving kindness
I'd like to preface all this a little further by making sure that you know that the reason I like to offer people information related to nutrition and wellness is because I'd love, and I expect you would too, if the world was generally a healthier happier place, right? And you also know, of course, that if you want to improve the state of things in the world you've really gotta look after yourself first/all the while, yes? And to that end, I've taken what I've learned on my own path, and in consulting with clients, and written a book (which is not enough to live on, for the record, at least at this point) that will hopefully help others, maybe you, make more body-, earth- and animal-friendly choices. I also made a few food prep videos to go up on YouTube to help people see just how easy this whole foods cooking thing can be (which, by the way, was quite costly with $400 camera rental, etc).
Okay, so with all that in mind, I'll proceed.
I went over to my YouTube account yesterday to check things out, and to my horror discovered that someone, about 3 weeks ago, had posted a really abrasive comment after my Blueberry Green Drink video saying something nasty about my physical appearance and that I shouldn't be speaking about health publicly if I wasn't in whatever his version of "top shape" is. I was pretty blown away, and of course deleted the comment as fast as I could. Then, surprisingly, in that same morning someone else posted under my Flax Maple Cookies "get it ripe - lame". WTF?!!!?!!?
If I wasn't racing out the door this morning I would take more time to talk about the issue of anonymity on the internet and how people seem to feel free to post such hateful things when they think that no one knows who they are. (Of course I'm not the only target, one of millions likely or more - just look at the homophobic comments under Sean Penn's Oscar Acceptance Speech vid.) I guess we have to look at how people are raised too often in environments where kind and skillful behaviour just really isn't modeled and encouraged.
Anyhow lovely readers, if I might humbly ask this of you, perhaps today you could click your way over here, especially if you haven't seen my cooking videos before, and say a little something nice (as you're inspired to do so) that'd cleanse my YouTube pages of all that negativity. I think you may need a YouTube account yourself to comment, so if you don't have/want one, maybe you might pass the word onto someone you know who does. I would hugely HUGELY appreciate your kindness!
(A bunch of people already left notes on my facebook wall about this which, I'll tell ya, totally helped to shift all this to a place where I knew not to take it personally.)
Enjoy your weekend, eat some good nourishing food, breathe through your nose, smile and laugh when you're inspired to do so (and even sometimes when you're not) and remember to come back for the soup recipe next week!