Friday, January 25, 2008
Vice, addiction, guilty pleasure, bad habit, indulgence or whatever you call it, may not be a good aspect of ones life. Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, illicit drug use, gambling, shopping, overeating or any other "habit" comes to mind. Our challenge this week is to think of an area that needs to be addressed and to challenge ourselves to think before we indulge our ID response to gain gratification or satisfaction. A suggestion was to write a vice on a piece of paper, crumble it up and put it in your pocket. It should be big enough to feel it, or to notice it (uncomfortable). The next time an urge arises, remove the paper, open it up and cross the vice off in red marker, then write "I don't need this! This doesn't control me" below it. Put the paper back in your pocket. For the next week, challenge yourself to control these impulses as much as possible. Mind over matter is true to a certain extent in some cases. Your personal goals and dreams are achievable if you choose to place your energy in a positive activity, something that helps you to grow!