“There is always free cheeze in a mouse-trap.” ~ American Proverb
The more we feed a weakness, the more food it wants. Most of us have a particular weakness. Whether it be hot fudge sundaes, expensive clothes, or fancy cars, we all have soft spots in our hearts for one thing or another. As opposed to simple preferences and tastes, our weaknesses often cost us more than we think they will – and somehow giving in rarely satisfies: more wants more.
The reason our indulgences don’t work is that they’re outside remedies for inside needs. Hot fuge deprivation is not the problem. Recovery teaches us that our solutions are “in here” not “out there”. We feel better when we become better. Every fancy car in the world would not be enough. Emptiness needs fullness – not decoration.
Outside fixes will surely give us added pounds and bigger bills and troubles we don’t need. But they won’t give us the answers that can only be found by searching within ourselves.
I’m less willing than I used to be to pay the price fore short-term gratification.
~ Days of Healing, Days of Joy ~ June 13; Hazelden Meditation Series