I am a sucker for double stuffed Oreos.
Especially when they’re dipped in milk, and it’s not often organic milk.
I try not to get on my own case about my choices for the same reason I try not to judge other people for their decisions: going green is a process, and we are each on our own path. It isn’t always easy. I spend a lot of time reading labels to determine if the ingredient list is safe, and I feel let down when I learn that a company I once thought was eco-friendly actually isn’t. I question when a product says “Eco” or “Green” in the name and wonder if they are being truthful?
In other words, I find myself doing a lot of judging: judging companies, judging products, judging myself, and even judging others. Am I greener than my neighbor who sprays pesticides on his lawn? Am I less green than my friends who raise chickens and wear lead-free lipstick? It feels like something of a measuring stick and if that’s the case, where’s my notch? Is someone judging me for eating Oreos, or giving me kudos for my laundry soap accomplishments?
Feeling judged can be isolating, a little scary, and is totally not helpful.
This is where community comes in.
I like to think that being part of a green community means connecting with a movement that embraces diversity in all forms and that welcomes all shades of green. From the deep, dark, spinach greens to the palest shade of celery that you might only see as green when you hold it up to something white. Judgment is a straight line on which to measure success or failure.
Community on the other hand is a welcoming space. Successful communities have a common purpose, a connection to something larger than the individual parts, and its members feel appreciated and empowered. It is when I feel accepted for who I am that I feel my guard drop and suddenly change is not so scary, not so isolating, and going greener sounds inviting and exciting. I want the green community to grow in diversity, embrace people where they are, and welcome newcomers, so that we can move in our own unique way to the next shade of our own green.
You are welcome to be whatever shade you are. I’ll bring some homemade sandwich cookies and you can bring the fresh milk.
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