A Slight Fall from the Proverbial Wagon

by Dave Jackson

Dave Jackson

I can’t lie to you.  I wake up and confront life just like you.  Yes, I put my pants on one leg at a time and brush my teeth like the masses.  And that means that I’m faced with the same temptations inside this same old body that we have been given.

And once in a while, you get a hankering for something radically off your clean diet, and wow – it hits the spot for as long as a quickie does – a few doggone minutes, and then you’re spiraling out of control toward a sugar coma – followed by days of beating yourself up.

But once you’ve done it, almost like anything forbidden in life, it comes easier the next time.

What separates the men from the boys in these instances is the level of determination not to “go there.”  And again, like anything in life – once we’ve tasted it – and have been away from it for a long time – and see how pleasurable it can be – we stick our toes in the water and before we know it, we’re up to our necks in it.

We’re wired this way for several reasons, the main one, I believe, is to be as far from robots as God could possibly make us.  We have “free will” and free choice and we can choose whatever path we want to blaze.  I would never tell you to fore go the pleasures of this world.  They’re not all bad.  You wouldn’t be here if they were.

But knowing your limits before you embark on the journey is smart.  Most don’t consider how much or how far they can go.  They just go and enjoy the tumble.

For some, it ruins their lives.  Again, a choice.  For others, it makes them stronger.  And yet others see that they have fallen and instead of getting up, they give in and say to hell with it all – I’ve done it – might as well enjoy it.

For those, it’s simply a matter of time before they crash and burn, or are hopefully rescued by a caring soul.

Interesting is what drives us there.

You’d think it’s pleasure – but it’s just the opposite.  Pain is the biggest motivator on the planet and pain will motivate you quickly – to falling off the wagon – or getting back in line.  You think you don’t want to miss out on something.  You’re looking to be fulfilled.

So my advice today is to use pain to get you where you need to be.  If you need to get back to exercising and eating right, use the pain of loss.  It’s a huge motivator – we don’t want to lose anything.  Write down things that you are losing or have a great potential of losing if you continue on your path.  Save it and read it at least once a day.  Put it in a place where you’ll see it – just you – once a day.  I can speak from personal experience that it will work.

Have you ever done anything like this before?

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