Saturday, January 21, 2012

Paula Deen, I just can't get her out of my mind...

A quote from the Dalai Lama: There is a saying in Tibetan that “at the door of the miserable rich man sleeps the contented beggar.” The point of this saying is not that poverty is a virtue, but that happiness does not come from wealth, but from setting limits to one’s desires, and living within those limits with satisfaction.

I have been struggling with my feelings about Paula Deen, her illness and how she is handling her empire. Perhaps those of us who chose to eat good clean food, with care, in moderation and with mindfulness are the contented beggars. My heart feels for the woman who believes that continuing her lifestyle (and encouraging others to do so) while on the payroll of drugs that profit from her condition are the key to her success and happiness. Diabetes is a serious, life threatening condition. Of course, there is much happiness and lots of life to be lived after such a diagnosis, but can't you imagine that, perhaps, her path toward happiness would be much different if she donated a lion's share of her previous earnings to diabetes research and food education and dedicated her cooking shows to showing people with diabetes how they can have wonderful long delicious food lives? Just a thought.