Making kind choices in your everyday life.

Why am I blogging ???

Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

“There was this forest that was on fire, and all the animals left homeless by the blaze were standing on the edges of the forest wondering what they should do because the fire had a hold on the trees. A hummingbird swooped down and dipped her beak into a nearby lake and flew over the flames of the fire dropping that teardrop of water onto the fire. To and fro the hummingbird went between the lake and the fire. The other animals cried out to the hummingbird, “you are crazy, that will never put the fire out. What are you doing?”, and the hummingbird turned and replied “I’m doing the best I can.” – African fable.

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Me – harrassing some local Laos pups.

 

I have recently embarked on a fantastic blogging course –  “Blog with Pip“. One of our first lessons involved the telling question, “why are you blogging ?” So, to address this question, along with a little bit of an introduction to me, read on !

The essence of why I blog is to encourage us all to find the little hummingbird (in the above fable) within ourselves in this scary, crazy, mixed up world.

Part of my make up is that I am a chronic and incessant worrier about EVERYTHING. I worry about it feeling like summer in Sydney when winter is just around the corner. I worry about the plastic in the ocean, deforestation, over population, rampant consumerism, the demise of the bees…etc etc etc…but mostly I worry about animals and how we treat them.

I am also a compulsive hoarder of information about everything that interests me (from building the perfect compost heap to buying a cruelty free doona). Storage of my copious amounts of information is haphazard and messy and takes the form of torn out magazine articles drifting around the house, scrawled notes and bookmarked laptop pages. A blog is the perfect way to organise and present my new found wisdom in a logical, readable way.

It is slowly dawning on me that we have choices to make from the moment we wake up to when we fall asleep at night. These choices involve everything from the toothpaste and shampoo we use in the morning to the way we transport ourselves to work, our choice in photocopy paper, the coffee we drink, our lunch, the woolen jacket we wear, the sunscreen we use, how we wash our clothes, our toilet paper, the restaurant we eat at, the businesses we choose to spend our money at to our glass of wine in the evening. The list goes on and on. Every facet of our ordinary lives involves a choice – but how do we make the kindest one ?

Our current government in Australia has deviated so far off the kindness path that we cannot rely on them to make our world a nicer place. It really is up to you and me to pull our weight, educate ourselves and be that little hummingbird. But, I need your help too. I like to convince myself that every little thing helps but the enormity of the problems with our earth and treatment of the animals and people who live on it means that a collective effort is needed.

This is where me and my little blog step in. I want to continue to research and present a regular post on these everyday choices and how we can do things better.

The “animal activist” (of which I am an armchair one) world is a confronting one which makes me lose sleep most nights. It also reveals an incredible insight into humanity – from the compassionate, selfless and brave souls out there to the most hideous and repugnant beings imaginable. It shows what excuses we all come up with – whether it be religion, tradition, convenience, ignorance or greed – to be cruel or inadvertently thoughtless.

I have faith that most humans are inherently kind but it can be hard to make the right choices without a lot of research.  Factory farming, animal testing, puppy farms, palm oil ingredients and the like are purposely hidden from us. None of these issues are advertised or appear on the news. The country displays at the Easter Show won’t show our children how the majority of smart mother pigs exist in their barren sow stalls. Advertising is often misleading and our laws permit and, therefore, normalise a lot of the cruelty in our world (sow stalls, bobby calf disposal and  live animal export come to mind).

I am keen to master the art of  being an effective blogger and communicator so I can find some willing hummingbirds to join me on my quest for making the world a better place – for both us and the animals we share it with. I want my posts to be informative enough to make you want to take action or some change in your life but not so confronting that you turn away. I am keen to ensure that I concentrate on the positive – whether it be obtainable changes we can all make to promoting lovely ethical companies where I am sure we would all much prefer to spend our money ! 

I feel like the world of blogging has opened up a thousand doors for me. It has given me a format to learn within and has revealed a multitude of other blogs that I can learn from. It has thrown me into a world of wise, articulate, funny, resourceful, like minded and intelligent people and has made me realise just how much the “everyday person” has to offer. I’ve come to realise that everyday person includes me.

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  1. Life With The Crew

    You have a kindred spirit – me! Glad that someone else is trying to draw attention to animal rights, which should simply mean that you are treating them with the respect and dignity that you yourself require. Too often, ‘animal activist’ has a negative association with it, so I am glad that you are focusing on it in a good way. I have been a vegetarian since I was 16, have a house full of adopted pets. I try to spread the word about the homeless street dog issue in Romania. I actually have a post scheduled for tomorrow that discusses it.

    • Ing

      Thanks Katie for your kind words. You are indeed a kindred spirit. Love the way this blogging thing helps us discover like minded souls. Am so keen to learn more about your Romanian dogs – will comment more on the articles within your lovely blog.

  2. Eva

    Once again a great story! I have enjoyed your blog for a while and every time you post I learn something new. We all need an Ing to bring to the fore all the things hidden from the everyday person. Because of you I try in my own little way to be the ‘hummingbird’.

    • Ing

      Thanks again Eva, you are wonderfully encouraging to me ! Can’t wait for your words to be out there on the public domain too x

  3. Michelle Collins

    Hi Ing, I’m a fellow BWP blogger and I’m trying to visit everyone’s blog and leave encouraging comments because comments are good for that don’t you think? I love hummingbird story it is so true, all we can do is the best we can. Hooray to you for showing the way through your blog. Good work.

    • Ing

      Hi Michelle, thanks for commenting. It is receiving positive feedback – I am trying to find time to go through all the BWP blogs too.

  4. One Small Life

    Oh I LOVE this idea for a blog! I need exactly this! I want to “tread kindly” as you so beautifully put it., but often I feel like the hummingbird, both futile and overwhelmed. What I need is small obtainable goals, that I can actually achieve! Bring it on! Can’t wait to read more. x

    • Ing

      Thanks Kate. Futile and overwhelmed hits the mark with describing how I feel too. Small and achievable steps are a great way to combat any problem I think ! Adore your blog so ditto about wanting to read more !

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