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Day 29 – 30 Day Vegan Challenge – Keep it in Perspective

Keeping it in Perspective: Intention, Not Perfection

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Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, 30 Day Vegan Challenge

Day 29 and Colleen restates a concept I appreciate a lot about her approach. Being vegan is about intention and wherever practical and possible acting on that intention.

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30 Day Vegan Challenge – Get Ready – Chapter 2

4bc98b7c9d24d2de8293f3ac731abf98-994cfb48456e223324103b0d6d76f2fe“Being vegan is not an end in itself, it’s a means to an end. And for me that end is unconditional compassion: doing everything we can to make choices that cause the least amount of harm – both to ourselves and others.”

Colleen Patrick Goudreau, The 30 Day Vegan Challenge

Chapter 2 –¬†Definitions

I thought this would be the quick and easy chapter, but instead I got side tracked reading up on Pythagoras and Buddha (more on that later).

In Chapter Two Colleen defines ‘vegan’, giving her readers a clear understanding of what she means when she uses the word. Definitions can be slippery. It is all too easy to assume everyone will understand the meanings of words in exactly the same way you do.

Until I started thinking about and reading further on some of the references in the chapter, I hadn’t really clicked to how important figuring out what ‘vegan’ (as a label or as a word) really means to the process I am now involved with.

What do we mean when we use the word 'vegan'?  What do I mean?  Are we saying something profoundly different when we say, "I am vegan." Or, "I am on a vegan diet."?
What do we mean when we use the word ‘vegan’? What do I mean? Are we saying something profoundly different when we say, “I am vegan.” Or, “I am on a vegan diet.”? (c) Herriest

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