The previous post was about changing ourselves and the will to change. Today’s post delves into my personal failing habit, with hope it can speak to others.
A thing that fails me is my addiction to sugar. I wrote about it in the post “My Contract for Overcoming Cravings“. My sugar addiction was bestowed upon me by well-meaning parents and a food industry that pushed sugar. From a young age, my addiction to sugar affected my health and my food choices, and it followed me into adulthood. Even as an adult educated in the insidiousness of sugar, I have continuous cravings for sugar, which I indulge too often.
The sugar-sneaked-in foods feed the addiction when I’m “off” sugar. The struggle to resist the sugar receives lip service from me, not conviction, because as soon as a host offers me sweet refreshments, I abandon my convictions and knowledge and say, “Sure” rather than explain or offend. My convictions are easily swayed by a pretty sugary confection.
My will to change is affected by the addiction. I’d like to be able to focus on so many other significant aspects of life, but the sugar addiction often takes the focus.
Spirit prompts me to make many changes in my life so that I can be reverent and virtuous in my living in order to be a conduit for the wisdom that is sacred. You would think that the closeness of my connection to Spirit would simplify the process of change. It should, but the force of the sugar addiction, and a few other negative habits, thwart my efforts.
So how can I change the things that I know fail me? Here’s what Spirit says:
- Acknowledge the areas that create negativity, shame and imbalance, and then develop ways to change them.
- Acknowledge the actions that are in line with goals. Small and large actions are worth acknowledgement.
- Look an addiction straight in its glory and acknowledge its power. Then do the work to end it.
One step at a time, change is achieved. The things that fail us can be changed when we really want to change them.