The following wise words give us a great insight how to live a happy life.
“Cravings are going to occur to you. So here's the rule of thumb about eating, or about investing in the stock market, or about anything else: If the impulse comes from a joyous thought that feels good, follow it. If the impulse comes from an uncomfortable thought that felt bad, don't follow it.”
How often do we do things even though our inner voice screams, “No!!”. We don’t feel right about it but rationalize for all kind of reasons - it is expected of us … everyone else does it … I want to be liked … and so on. We don’t realize that we lose ourselves in all these rationalizations, we bury our true desires, and genuine happiness evades us. We can become real masters at this and it can become a habit.
During this recent holiday season, the temptations were frequent and foods we normally don’t indulge in were everywhere. For me, it was chocolate. Ah, those delicious Belgian chocolates melting in my mouth! And my impulse came from a very joyous thought. I ate them with pleasure and delight. When the little voice tried telling me that it was enough and when the joyous impulse and thought changed into a feeling of guilt, it was time to stop.
So let’s ask ourselves: does it feel good? Does it come from a joyous place? If we can say yes to both questions, then go forward whole-heartedly while knowing that it is right. But listen to your inner voice. It will tell you when it is time to stop because you will begin to feel the joyous thought changing into a uncomfortable one. Not stopping and continuing into the “craving” will not bring joy and satisfaction.