"He who seeks more than he needs hinders himself from enjoying what he has." ~ Hebrew Proverb
Information. Food. Attitudes. Drinks. Vibes. The media. Thoughts.
We consume a lot.
Let’s look a little closer at this. Consumption is something we do…EVERY day.
Starting from the time we get up – whether it’s watching the morning news or having breakfast or time in personal thought or whatever it is that begins our day…we consume.
And that continues throughout the hours of our day.The thing is…what we are choosing to consume…is it what truly nourishes us? Or, do we sometimes (oftentimes?) over-consume?
It’s easy, isn’t it? It’s easy to over-consume.
A Little Story About A Pineapple
I’d like to talk pineapples.
When I was in college (wow…and that was a while ago!), one particular evening was an all-nighter, getting a project done by the time it was due (why did we wait until the last minute, anyway???).
Somehow we finished the project we were working on, and were able to get it turned in on time. In a state of tired-ness, and fueled by coffee – my roommate and I decided to also fuel our bodies with a pineapple (sounds like a good thing, doesn’t it?).
A pineapple – a healthy fruit!
And we cut that thing up…and ate the whole thing.
Have you ever done that?
Well…almost immediately after finishing (or really – a little before we finished), my mouth began to burn. The acidity of too much pineapple had created a burning sensation in my mouth. Ouch!!
A fruit – something that is filled with nutrients…and I had over-consumed!
While it might not always be so obvious, I’ve continued to over-consume time and time again – of both “good” things and “bad” things.
And I venture to guess that you have, too.
What are you consuming?
And maybe even more important – are you consuming more than you really need?
My challenge to you, as you begin this month of November – and we approach a season that can very much be excess-filled (the Christmas season, here in the United States), is to really (and objectively) look at your own personal consumption habits.
What are you choosing to consume? Does this fit with the life you desire?
Don't stop there, though – are you consuming more than you really need, and is this in any way limiting you from reaching toward the life goals you have for yourself.
Or maybe – is what you are choosing to consume – is that limiting you from identifying your own personal life goals?
Think about it. Think about it, and be mindful of what you choose to consume.
You CAN create the life you desire!
by Lance Ekum