Is the phrase bringing home the bacon offensive to vegans?
Someone ask me does bringing home the bacon offend me since I’m vegan. First of all I was like did they just ask me this unintelligent question. Then I told myself there’s no such thing as a dumb question. It’s just, sometimes it blows my mind of what comes out of people mouth when they find out I’m vegan. I’m vegan by choice. I don’t encourage others to become vegan. It’s a spiritual thing for me and I understand not everyone has the same beliefs as I do when it comes to why I don’t eat animals anymore. So I responded by telling him no. You can’t go through life being offended by everything. I told him sometimes we add more stress to ourselves when we constantly worry about what others think about how we choose to live our lives. I don’t worry about what others say or what they do. I try not to walk through life being offended because it doesn’t change the situation. I shared with him a story I read about a snake and I believe it’s a parable. It goes like this “A snake entered a carpentry shop. And as it crawled to the corner, it went through a saw and hurt itself a little bit. At that time he turned and bit the saw. And biting the saw, he hurt himself badly in the mouth. Then, not understanding what was happening to him and thinking that the saw was attacking him. He decided to roll around the saw as if wanting to suffocate himself with his whole body. And shaking with all his strength. It was so. Unfortunately. The snake ended up being killed by the saw.” So the parable was use to explain how it’s best to ignore situations instead of reacting. When we react by offense to people we end up hurting ourselves. So I end by telling him that no I don’t get offended by the saying “bring home the bacon.” You can find something everyday of your life to be offended by but in the end it causes more harm to you then good. Life will be good if people worried about themselves. We all have our own lives to live. It gets complicated when we start worrying about how others live their lives. I can’t tell my husband, my children, my friends, or my family how to live their life. Whatever they decide to do with their lives is ultimately up to them. So as you go about today don’t be so easily offended. People opinions about us or how we choose to live our lives does not hold any value to us unless you allow it to. I understand there are some people that are going to say things to try to get under our skin but you have to choose what deserves a reaction or what requires silence. We may not have control over what people do or what they say but we do have control over ourselves.
“Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you're doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.” -Joel Osteen