Embracing Yourself the Way You Are Vs. Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone
I had a dilemma on Tuesday, aka voting day. Ohioans For Humane Farms is trying to get a measure on November's ballot that would eliminate some of the worst animal cruelties in the animal agribusiness industry. In order to get this measure on the ballot, we must get 403,000 valid signatures by the end of June from Ohio's registered voters.
At the campaign kickoff in my city last March, I volunteered to be in the 1000 club. Everyone in the 1000 club is supposed to get 1000 signatures. I volunteered because this issue is very close to my heart. Animals suffer horrendously on today's factory farms. However, since the signature collecting began, I have only collected about twenty signatures.
Voting day was a great opportunity for collecting signatures, as everyone at the polling location would be registered to vote, and all the voters would live in the same county, making it easier (you have to have a different petition for each county). I wanted to go, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. I'm a very shy person, and this is outside my comfort zone. I cringe at the thought of leafletting, approaching people for signatures, etc. And then I feel guilty about not doing more.
However, I do help the animals in my own way. I am a vegan, which means I avoid all animal products, including meat, dairy, and eggs. This means that animals don't have to suffer to provide my food. I eat only plant based foods. I talk to the people I know about why I am a vegan. I share links and post on Facebook. Several people have told me that the information I post on Facebook has helped them. And I firmly believe in the ripple effect. If I help a few of my friends to give up animal products, they in turn will influence other people to do the same.
So, I help animals by living out my morals within my own life, but I usually don't step outside my comfort zone to do this. I feel bad about the opportunities that I miss. But, everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, right? Should I really feel so pressed to step outside my comfort zone? Or should I embrace my own strengths and uniqueness, accept myself as I am, and celebrate what I do do?
What do you think? What makes life more meaningful for you? Feel free to comment.