When I follow my own advice, life is better.
At the back of my mind, especially with kids, I have a desire for life to be “easy.”
My desire makes me chuckle because my “easy days” are often boring.
Based on eight years of parenting… easy is not going to happen so focusing on “better” is a smarter option.
From time to time my appetites come up with ideas to make my life _even_ better.
- These ideas might be small — five beers, two burgers, large fries and couple desserts
- They might be large — a vacation property with a cost of ownership that doubles my core cost of living
- Many fall in between — clothes, vacations, sports equipment, alcoholic beverages, risk-seeking friends
These desires pop up as an emotion associated with pleasure, excitement or release.
Certain choices, situations and people are associated with bad outcomes.
Despite an association with pleasure, excitement or release… many of my desires are highly-likely to lead me to bad outcomes.
To tame my appetites, I pause and consider the last time I gave into that specific appetite…
I ask myself…
Was it enough?
It was never enough. Not even close!
I remember always wanting more, even while I was getting what I wanted.
My desires are frequent, but my specific desires are fleeting.
They come and they go.
If it wasn’t enough then maybe I should find a better way to live….
…and that’s the system that I’ve been sharing.
What’s your system?
Is it working?
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