I admit it – My will power is puny. The more I try to eat healthy foods the more I scarf down sugar laden carbs. About 3-4 days is my limit for exerting will power. Finally! Research has confirmed I’m normal (sort of).
It turns out that everyone has will power, but only a limited amount to use each day.
Research shows that just the act of resisting temptation wears out will power and we are more likely to lose the ability to discipline ourselves later. This includes not only stopping oneself from dong something unhealthy or unhelpful, but also depletes the ability to concentrate on doing something you want to do.
Rather than depend on will power, it is easier to put ourselves in situations where little or no will power is needed: Easier not to buy ice cream, than to have it at home and not eat it; Easier to put a loud alarm clock far from bed so you have to get up than to have the snooze button next to the bed that you can tap (over and over) with your eyes shut and your head on the pillow.
Reference: Switch, How to change Things When Change is Hard Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Maui’s “Mini-Tail” of Will Power
There it sat, in the middle of Maui’s path, taunting him with texture. Maui knew his human would be upset if he scratched this BIG, TEMPTING scratching post called couch.
” Don’t scratch the couch. Don’t scratch the couch. Don’t scratch the couch”
He had lost count of how many times he heard this. But every time he passed by that couch, his brain remembered how great the rough fabric felt and directed his claws to come out, longing for a manicure.
Did Maui scratch? Yup. Just like humans, the stress of resisting continual temptation wore out his will power. I can’t blame him. Maui can’t remove the couch, he can’t go outside where he would be free to scratch whatever and where ever he wanted . . .
. . . unlike me who could throw out all the junk food and not buy anymore . . . if I had the will power . . .
For this I pray
you’ll give love away
Like a beautiful rose
love blooms and grows
Inhale the fragrance airborne
But first . . . strip off the thorn
Don’t miss the boat.
Remember that we are all in the SAME boat.
Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.
Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something REALLY big.
Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
Build your future on high ground.
For safety sake, travel in pairs.
Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
When you’re stressed, float a while
Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.
The woodpecker might have to go!
The Fate of young ladies who “demurred”
with Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos or Mark Zuckerberg
There once was a Miss
who declined a kiss
fearing the poor lad
would make her look bad
if the news leaked
about her and this geek.
There’s no mystery
The rest is history
This fearful honey
is out of the money
They call us “home”
Our body spews
a cloud no one can see
Bacteria, viruses, fungi
intermingling you and me
Releasing microbes in the air
from head to toe where ever we go
Because they’re here to stay
Don’t waste your money
on bug spray
If you don’t believe me read: wherever-you-go-your-personal-cloud-of-microbes-follows
An excerpt to perk your interest:
“Each of us carries around millions of microorganisms – including bacteria, fungi and viruses — on the inner and outer surfaces of our bodies. Most of them aren’t dangerous. In fact, growing evidence indicates that they help us in lots of ways. Scientists call this collection of organisms our microbiome.”
‘”A lot of the recent work on the human microbiome has revealed that we’re kind of spilling our microbial companions all over our houses and our offices and the people around us,” Meadow says.”
“Meadow says the findings raise a number of possibilities, including, maybe, one day being able to identify a criminal by analyzing the microbial cloud he or she leaves behind at the scene.”
“We know that if you live with people, and even if you just work with people, your microbial communities come to resemble theirs over time,“ Knight says. “And in the past we used to think that was due to touch. It may be just that you’re releasing microbes into the air and some of those microbes are colonizing the people you’re with.”
Throw kindness around like confetti
Sprinkle it slow, sprinkle it steady
Let it fall from the air
stick in the hair
get caught on the lips
sit on by hips
Throw kindness around without care
Show there’s more than enough to spare