“I care about truth not for truth’s sake but for my own.” ~ Samuel Butler
I love the truth when it is comfortable. However, when honesty reveals an uncomfortable fact, I am not truth’s biggest fan. Lately, I’ve been holding on to denial, trying to ignore the clear fact that if I eat too much I will gain weight. Or if I don’t walk every day, I will feel tired and not sleep as well at night. If I don’t do strength training exercises, I will get weaker. And if I don’t meditate, I will feel stressed.
It all seems so simple. Confronted with these obvious truths, one can only ask, why wouldn’t I want to do the things that make me feel better? I don’t know the answer. I have some theories. I also have plenty of excuses.
My current theory is that when I am stressed, I pick the activity that I think matters to me most. It isn’t always the task that gives me the most, but it is the activity I derive the most satisfaction from. For instance, watching an episode of Masterpiece Theater provides much more pleasure than meditation. Writing feels better than doing sit-ups.
The problem with choosing items that bring immediate pleasure is that they can sometimes also bring long terms problems. Sitting is associated with many health problems including diabetes, arthritis, weight gain and a shorter life span. These consequences are painful.
I could go on about this, but if I do, it means I sit more. So on that note, I am going for a walk…