So, I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 8:15 (NIV)
If you aren’t familiar with the concept of “cheat” in working out…..it’s the meal that that you have been avoiding all week. My cheat meal is Saturday night dinner. I can have whatever I want to eat for the meal and desert….no limits. I have learnt that deprivation does not work. If I deprive myself without something to look forward to then once my cravings hit, I will be powerless to control them. If, however, I know that I can delay gratification of my cravings until Saturday night, then there is something to look forward to. I can’t go overboard though. For some people, they actually eat whatever they want for an entire day. I know myself and I can’t do that. I need a smaller window that allows for satisfaction and then something to look forward to the next week. This has actually become a really fun ritual for my family. Our Friday question to each other is usually “oooh what are we going to eat tomorrow night?”.
The same applies to life. We weren’t made to live without enjoying the full range of all that God has blessed us with. For some, moderation is a gift and I thank God for Y’ALL. For the rest of us, we need to develop habits that allow for the occasional journey away from the strait-laced nutrition plans. Yes, life is difficult. But set time aside to celebrate. Involve loved ones and friends as you celebrate milestones or other achievements in life. There are some really good things about you. Get help to identify those things and celebrate them…..but don’t get stuck in the celebration. The pitfall is getting stuck in celebration is entitlement. Entitlement is the place where dysfunction is triggered.