It started with an email entitled “your blog?” . I opened it and read the string of words that followed.
“Emily, I came across the following links below. Did you get ripped off?”
Attached was a link to an article that was published in the Huffington post entitled “90 salads in 90 days: how a committed carnivore brainwashed herself into liking leafy greens” and another link to a blog that the author publishes about ethics. Huh.
Thoughts and emotions flapped back and forth like wind flapping a sail. It went something like this:
I felt a puff of anger, followed by the thought ‘it is just a coincidence’.
I had an overwhelming sense of loss, followed by ‘she just had a similar idea, but the execution is different’.
I was back to anger, then ‘if she did see my website and use the idea, why not be flattered?’
Another wave of anger, then ‘the whole idea of proprietary information is stupid anyway. We are all influenced by each other, nothing is original’
I read her article again. I even got some salad groupies and a few copycats inspired by my “movement.” a puff of rage filled my sail driving my fingers into a type happy rhythm. I have written and deleted many words since reading that article. I have chased down evidence, built cases and then knocked them down. My salad war spread through friends and family. Third party resentments are exploding like grenades, leaving the scattered debris of letters to the editor of the Huffington post.
After the rage storm, I began thinking about my original intent in beginning 90 salads. A quote came to mind:
“Submit to a daily practice. Your loyalty to that is a ring on the door. Keep knocking, and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who’s there.” –Rumi
Effort. Consistency. Dedication. Loyalty to that dedication. Persistence. Joy. An open heart. Self Discovery. Unity.
The original quote was not written in English, so these words are really not Rumi’s words. They are the interpretation of a translator, who has touched the hearts and minds of many people and without credit. He himself probably doesn’t realize that he is the original source of these words.
Rinse and strain 1 bunch of arugula. Add 1/2 pkg halved cherry tomatoes 3 mini cucumbers and 1 diced avocado. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon over the top and 2-3 tbsp olive oil. Add a little diced red onion if you like. Garnish with fresh cracked pepper.
Christina’s vote: “Calmed my otherwise raging soul”