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Thanking your food…

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When i eat a meal, i usually mentally thank the food; (i guess it is much like the way the very wise Native Americans used to do… and still do). All food — whether plant or animal — had to die for us to eat it.

And when i walked out of the grocery store today, i thanked the (past) poor creatures who had to die (and lose their land) such that the vast grocery store parking lot could be formed for our polluting cars… not to mention the endless lifeless, paved streets and the area that my home exists upon (though i do have a lot of aquarium fish and critters inside).

I bet that not many people ever thanked the creatures who used to live where that lifeless parking lot is. And now, writing this, it reminds me of that song, “They paved paradise, put up a parking lot (ooh, bop-bop-bop-bop)”

We so-called modern humans need to be a lot kinder and more compassionate to nature. That is easier said than done.

“Hey farmer, farmer put away that DDT now
Give me spots on my apples, but leave me the birds and the bees
Please

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone
They paved paradise, put up a parking lot”

Living in the Green … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2022

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  1. Akin to what I say before each meal: いただきます or Itadakimasu which commonly translates to “I humbly receive.”

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  2. I never prayed for the creatures who had their lives ended or disrupted because of parking lots but my column in a now defunct local newspaper bemoaned the building of paved roads, parking lots and shopping malls that were destroying natural habitats and all living things in their homes. Praying for them might have been better.

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  3. It’s interesting that you mentioned this Tom. Of course I always say grace for my food before I eat it, but not actually thank the food itself. I recently saw a TV segment talking about Regenerative Agriculture, which really is what people used to do before the introduction of pesticides became a big thing. Good post my friend. 🌞👏🏼😎

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  4. OH WOW what a picture….unbelievably beautiful Tom… and I love the way you bring up gratitude for food… most of us are so separated from the food we consume it never occurs to us…we need this reminder every day

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  5. That was a great song way back when and its message still resonates today, Tom. There’s a dispute with Costco here because they wanted to add way more car parking spaces and less bike parking at a proposed new location. City council is pushing back, fortunately.

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