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What Do You Believe?

July 1, 2013

Most of the time, it seems, what we believe comes down to what we see, what we feel or what we hear. It’s our experiences and sometimes those experiences are “in person.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor example – two people approach a horse. The horse is standing calmly but the first person walks up timidly and the horse pins his ears. The second person walks up and pets the horse’s neck and then head without a problem.

The first person has little experience with horses. It was limited to a friend’s horse that stepped on her, then when she was talked into getting on, ran away with her. To her, horses are large, dangerous animals. Her timid body language came through to the horse, who sensed uncertainty and took control, verifying that yes horses are large, dangerous animals in her mind.

The second person had been around horses and was not afraid. She took control of the situation and the horse sensed a leader, so responded differently than the ineffective leader in the first person. In both cases, the women got what they expected, based on their experiences. Those experiences differed, even with the same horse in the same situation! But it doesn’t mean it wasn’t real for them.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo how often does society approach issues and situations the same way? From organics to GMO seed to processed food to a host of other situations…how we feel influences what we think, and that can often guide the information we get back.

What does this have to do with food choices and food safety? When we fear something we can look for answers. Our frame of mind can affect what answers we get. If we see a news article and search for contaminated organic food, we will get a much different view than looking for organic food safety or even just food safety! Some have eaten home produced food for decades without issue, others can get sick and even die from contaminated food – even organic.

If we fear we’ll often find fearful solutions. If we want answers we’ll find that too. How we look and what we ask is as important as anything else – it influences what we learn.

Be open minded. Ask questions. Learn from both “sides” of an issue and decide what’s right for you.

Taking steps to doing that truly empowers your food choice – or other – decisions. Don’t limit your options except by choice.

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