A couple of weeks ago, I received a Facebook message from someone I greatly admire and worked with for several years. She thanked me for never preaching about veganism and said it must have been very hard to have so much restraint. You see, she had just watched Vegucated and the movie was the final push for her to fully commit to a vegan diet. A few years ago, I observed this same person tell a colleague that I was a good representation of veganism because I didn’t shove it in people’s faces, I just lived it.
And now, she’s vegan.
I love progress, especially when it seems slow and too far away – when it hurts to keep your mouth shut and let it happen on its own terms. Because one day, it’s here. The message I received meant a lot to me – much more than I’m sure she anticipated. It told me to have hope, to stick with it. Change doesn’t happen on our timelines. But it does happen.
I never intentionally targeted this person, tried to make her become vegan. But by living my values, my ethics, I had an impact. That’s something we can all do.
This experience reminded me of a video that came out in 2009. A man at a music festival started dancing, alone, and created a movement. The work to connect the dots can be very lonely. But it’s worth it. Watch below and imagine how you bring more people to the dance every day.
Categories: Building the Movement
Tags: connect the dots, connectionism, connectionist, dancing man, diffusion of innovation, vegan, veganism