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Lifestyle Choices as Saintliness

Ok, your whole family is now gluten free and you are also cutting back on refined sugar.  I just met you and you tell me that you don’t believe in GMO and are completely against caged chickens.  I didn’t even ask before I found out that you wash in scent free detergent because your children are super sensitive. Oh, and lest I forget, all your clothes is organic.

I get it. We have options…too many options if you ask me, which you didn’t but I told you anyway.  It seems that is what we do nowadays, share our lifestyle choices before we even introduce ourselves properly.   The schools have gone peanut free and the playgrounds are common sense free.

The world has gone strange on us or maybe just a different variety of strange.  I’m not saying any of the above things are bad, in themselves they are probably a good added benefit to a well balanced and healthy lifestyle but have you looked at the full picture.  Have you evaluated your entire life.  Which of us want to do that.

See, I’m vegetarian, did I mention that before, no.  Well, I am.  And as a lifestyle choice it’s great but let’s think about what it really means.  It doesn’t mean I don’t indulge in the occasional cupcake.  It certainly doesn’t mean I don’t splurge on my vice of choice (read  The Anti Valentine or Love Anyway from February 15, 2013).  Being vegetarian means just that, I don’t eat meat.  It doesn’t make me a Saint and I will admit that right here, right now.

So, when you tell me you compost, buy local, eat raw, have a beehive in your backyard, I know you’re doing your best, making choices for yourself and your family that seem good and beneficial, but don’t preach to me about it.  Do the things you want to do because they work for your life, for your health, for your well being.  But let’s be honest with each other, none of us are perfect.

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