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The Benediction

At the end of Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s speech on Friday night, she closed with what I referred to in my previous post as a benediction.  It truly brought me to tears.  I was mad at myself for not having the foresight to record it but was thrilled to find out that it’s the dedication in her book, The Vegan Table.  


If we could only have the qualities of these animals, the world would be a better place.  I hope these words mean as much to you as they do to me.

My hope is that we can all navigate through this world with the grace and integrity of those who most need our protection.

May we have the sense of humor and liveliness of the goats, the maternal instincts of the hens, and the sassiness of the roosters.

May we have the faithfulness and commitment to family of geese and the adaptability and affability of the ducks.  May we have the intelligence, loyalty and affection of the pigs and the inquisitiveness, sensitivity and playfulness of the turkeys.

May we have the gentleness and strength of the cattle, the wisdom, serenity and humility of the donkeys. May we appreciate the need for community as do the sheep and choose our companions as carefully as do the rabbits.

May we learn from the animals what we need to become better people.  ~Colleen Patrick-Goudreau