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What tastes good to you is not always good for you! (2583 hits)

I was eating a piece of chocolate today, knowing that at my age I should be avoiding these moments of gratification on sweets. However, the temptation of such tasty treats was unavoidable, in my mind. As I gobbled down the last chunk with I smile on my face, the portion of my mind that gives me a reality check, made comparisons between what feels good for us versus consequences for not doing the right thing. So what, I’ll get fat, suffer from high blood pressure, get diabetes or even have a stroke. I wanted my candy now and it tastes so good…

Such is the story of most of us. Lacking in discipline needed to sustain our life and protecting the aspirations of our future generation. Settling for a moment of pleasure and a life time of pain. We have become self-centered and self-serving about our gifts and talents rather than sharing our knowledge and wisdom on how to become high achievers and successful. Putting aside the fact that if our collective efforts were advanced, the rewards would be greater and last longer. Greed has become the dominant focus of attention. “I need to get mine now and screw anybody who gets in my way". We want to mimic the Eurocentric way of achieving wealth and power without any regards for what the aftermath will bring. If we don't know better, who does?
Chocolate Anyone?
Okpara
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Awesome, awesome post, my brother. Wish others could read it and more would heed it.
Thursday, June 24th 2010 at 9:27AM
As is said, we should eat to live rather than live to eat.

The same can be applied on a wider scale in terms of how we conduct ourselves in relation to others. The easy path is that of greed and selfishness, and just as there is the cost Brother Okpara mentioned from that chocolate, there is a cost with living a greed focused life in general; it all comes back. This is what is meant generically, in both cases, by, "the wages of sin is death."

It takes discipline to put self aside and live for others. That is not to say that, in so doing you are not doing for self, but just that more rewards come back to self when you live for others.

Who can deny the feeling that one gets from knowing that you helped someone else? Magnify that a thousand times and now you're living!

Thursday, June 24th 2010 at 10:44AM
Very Enlightening!! Tooshay!!
Thursday, June 24th 2010 at 11:05AM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
@ Rev. Father Amos,

[Wish others could read it and more would heed it.]

I like(s) that!
Thursday, June 24th 2010 at 11:23AM
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