I took my kids to the Golden Corral restaurant the other day. There…I said it. Confession is over. Now it’s off my chest. Whew! That felt good. But I must admit, it was not by choice. That place is just not my thing. However, my youngest son had begged me for about a month. I promised him I would take him “someday,” hoping he’d forget. Nope. No such luck. So I had to deliver on my promise.
For those of you who don’t know, the Golden Corral is huge buffet-type restaurant. Every single food-type under the sun is represented there. Fried stuff. Gooey stuff. Slimy stuff. Fatty stuff. Sugary stuff. All the “I-will-make-you-fat-and-unhealthy-when-you-eat-me” food that you ever desired. Basically it’s hell for anyone who wants to eat like a normal person. And don’t even THINK about going there if you are on a diet.
So you might be thinking, “Great, Carol. Nice ‘motivational’ blog. I can feed my face with that kind of food whenever I want. Duh. C’mon. Step it up a notch. Stop talking about food. Give me a motivational lesson here.”
I know, I know. Stay with me here. There really is a lesson in all this. So here it is…
As I sat there, I realized so many things. Some about human nature. Some about Americans. And some about myself.
First. Human nature. If given the chance, we will all turn into slobbering “feeding monsters.” We’re selfish. We want it ALL. And we want it NOW. And then we want MORE. And even MORE. As if that’s not bad enough, we do it UNCONSCIOUSLY. I sat there wondering, “How many people here actually think about the amount of calories they are consuming? Or how healthy it is? Or even if their stomachs hurt?” I might have been the only one. Not that I’m bragging.
Second. Americans are lucky. But most of us don’t appreciate it. I know many Americans have a problem feeding their children, but for us lucky ones, we don’t. So I sat there thinking, “Almost half the world is starving. And look at us Americans. We’re stuffing our faces. Again. And again. And again. How many people appreciate this privilege?
Third. Me. I would like to say I didn’t stuff my face. I tried to show restraint. And I probably did to some extent. But I didn’t want to. I wanted to put every single bad food on my plate and try it. And then throw it away after I took one or two bites, just so I could say that I tried it all. But restrained myself through being CONSCIOUS of what I was doing.
So here’s the big lesson of this blog: Live your life CONSCIOUSLY. In other words, don’t sleepwalk through life. If you do something, be AWARE that you are doing it. Then figure out WHY you do it. I don’t care if it’s yelling at your spouse or going hog wild at the Golden Corral, figure out why you’re doing it. That is the first step towards positive self-change. And happiness. You can’t change what you don’t recognize. And above all, APPRECIATE every little thing in your life. Even Golden Corral.
So what are YOU unconscious of in your life? Your relationships? Your eating habits? Your smoking habits? Your lack of sleep? Your couch-potato living? Your job?
Take some time to think about that. Meanwhile, I am going to go exercise …
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