“People might benefit from considering how they want to spend their time and resources…. If you are attached to a bunch of crap that requires you to work ungodly hours to pay for it, you are missing something…. If you have weight or health issues, work yourself to death, have a closet full of clothes you never wear, and a house full of crap you never use, then maybe you need to think about how you approach your life.”
-Diane Sanfilippo, Practical Paleo: Customize your diet using whole foods to achieve optimal health
The grass isn’t always greener on the other side…
Sure, it’s a bit preachy, and part of you will want to ignore it because it might be painful to realize, but the point is still valid.
It’s easy to get caught up in thinking we “need” when we “want.” And to further compound, this problem that these “wants” are hollow pursuits that we quickly adapt to.
We get what we “want,” which lasts a few days before we “want” something else. We are constantly moving from “want” to “want.”
I shouldn’t have to tell you how much of a problem this is.
And it applies to everything: food, relationships, friends, exercise programs, hobbies, and so much more.
We always seek out, “What’s next?”
Then, every so often, we have a breakdown. In a way, this usually “resets” us so we can continue the same patterns. The wise learn from these breakdowns and get better the next go-round. Everyone else convinces themselves of whatever biases their brain manufactures for them before going on to do the same thing.
Listen, I write this to help you, not put you down.
If you take the time to think about just one thing in your life, and it leads to you making just one better decision, then you have succeeded. If you do more than that, that’s incredible. (I hope you do.)
Every conscious choice is a chance to be better, the same, or significantly worse. Most people fall in the middle somewhere, doing a bit of each regularly.
But you don’t have to be “most people.” You can be better. You can regularly make better decisions, no matter how small, and reap the benefits.
You don’t need to do a complete 360 and change your life overnight. Just start being better. Whatever that means to you, be better.
Here’s to you being better as often as possible.
Founder/CEO, Wild Foods