I have a theory about life… we are all just trying to manage what we have grown addicted to…
We’ve trained ourselves to tamp down the gift of higher consciousness and instead insatiably feed our addictions.
Some are obvious & understood, like this lady depicted here (well done!!!), but no one wants to talk about America’s addiction to alcohol, sugar, attention-deficiency, or statism.
All life boils down to, is, how are you spending your time? Where is your attention focused? If you are honest with yourself, is your attention on that next “fix,” whether it be meth or a candy bar or that third glass of wine?
Newsflash: bad habits reduce happiness and good habits enhance happiness, and the only difference between the two IS WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO FEED.
Know this, your choices today will result in who you become and what your long term health becomes. You should be asking yourself questions like, where does dementia come from? How does chronic sugar “use” impact my health?
The “cleaner” I live, the more obvious it is to me, and the easier healthier choices become. Just like making poor choices have bad outcomes, making better choices lead to happier outcomes.
In my life, primarily over the past 5 years, I have:
* Quit alcohol
* Switched to a low-carb lifestyle and significantly reduced my sugar consumption
* Lost 50+ lbs and kept it off
* Eliminated ruminating anxiety
* Improved my sleep
* Become “whole” by which I mean my idea of me and the me I present in the world are the same… AKA I live my life with personal integrity because that’s what keeping promises to yourself is (what you tell yourself and what you do are aligned)
I’m not a superhero. I’m not exceptional in this regard. I simply took a hard look at my life, decided there were things I didn’t like (or liked too much), and then, like this woman did to quit her addictions, I made changes and–this is the key–STUCK TO THEM.
The first step is making yourself one simple promise, maybe it’s no candy during the week, or a promise to cook all meals at home, or getting 7+ hours of sleep… Find one thing you can do and then DO IT!
Write down your promise TO YOURSELF and then just do that one thing. This is how good habits are developed, the same way bad ones are: through repetition.
I believe the world would be a better place if we expended vastly more efforts on making ourselves better rather than trying to “fix” or “help” others. I believe you shouldn’t work on anything beyond yourself until you are “whole”.
Not “complete,” because we are forever evolving, growing, changing and striving, but when you feel that sense of self, an awareness of your relationship with YOURSELF, a deep sense of consciousness, and self-ownership, i.e. that YOU are responsible for YOU, you’ll know. THEN, you can start to focus externally.
Wishing you success and joy on this journey. Remember, it’s a CHOICE to Live Free and Thrive!