Since we are so busy with performing, and standing out, sometimes we forget to look at ourselves. We tend to forget our own health conditions. The organisation ‘The Green Happiness’ inspires its consumers via books, social media, retreat programs, and essential oils to help them to eat more consciously and, subsequently, making them feel more energetic, radiant and sexier! Not just to make them happier, but also to have a positive influence on the environment, animal welfare, and the planet. In other words: a sexy, soulful, and confident life.
A few weeks ago, I met one of the co-founders of The Green Happiness, we talked about a construction builder. If you cannot picture one yet, let me help you; a construction builder is probably a large and strong man, a bit rude when dealing with people, he eats, a lot, and what he specifically eats is meat! We talked about an actual construction builder, a man, who felt he could not be himself at work because he is ashamed of his choice to eat vegan.
Due to this question, certain questions arose inside my head. Because, in what society are we living if we cannot be ourselves when it comes to deciding what we want to eat?! Moreover, does this say more about the people who eat meat or more about the people who are vegan? That led me to the acceptance of change. In this blog, I will dive deeper into how acceptance and change in our society connect.
I am going to do a project for The Green Happiness. With the following starting point: how can we inspire people to eat vegan more often, without making them feel pressured.
Change can come in all sorts of ways, changes in politics, changes in technology, changes in care, changes in a hierarchy or way of working in organizations, and so on. In my project, it is about the change in food, but I believe it goes deeper than that, through believes, habits, values, and cultures.
When I had to coach my so-called ‘coachee’ during the Minor ‘Powerful Coaching’, I needed to go deeper than the surface to find out what was obstructed in the motivation for a person to change. This was often about personal development changes like; becoming more assertive, or burn-out complaints, and stress-related questions. Individual changes are often very difficult, imagine how difficult a change in a society is, where you have to deal with many individuals.
For most of human history, our world changes very much and very quick. Technical, economical, social, and political changes, for example. Changes in technology, for instance, can be beneficial. We see what it brings us, and it is clear and certain. But when it comes to social change, it tends to become that we see our nostalgic ways of doing, are changing. Change frustrates human nature because it sweeps old structures away (Arbab, 1993). In other words: when a social change is happening, human interactions and relations are involved, in which change occurs in cultural norms and values as well.
I found an interesting article in which the difference and connection between change and transition are explained. Change is based on a situation, something changes about the way of working, for example. A transition goes deeper, then we talk about the psychological process people go through to manage the new situation. Change is external and transition is internal.
Let me explain this ‘change and transition’ by the example of the shift to become vegan in our society.
The change is that we now realize that producing meat is bad for our environment. Due to the innovation in technology and digitalization, we are now able to receive all this information. Because of this, we get confronted with this information almost every day. This effects the transition we experience inside, what we experience within ourselves. Some are faster because they are more open to change. While other people need to have a longer time to find their spot in the change, due to beliefs, values, and norms, they have known for their whole life already.