My personal challenge for 2013 is to not “gift” sugar, all year. You would think this would be easy as far as resolutions go, but it’s Day 14 and I’ve almost slipped up every single day so far. The gifting of sugar is ingrained in our society, and with the holidays still winding down, there are plenty of opportunities to test my willpower.
I went into this resolution knowing that I might not make it. After all, if it was easy to accomplish without double-dog-daring myself, I’d already being doing it.
But this is important to me. Sugar is a poison that has ravaged my family. My husband is sick. My father is blind. I want a better tomorrow for the ones I can still save.
I rant, I warn, I teach– and yet, still, I gift it.
It’s little things. I re-fill my boss’s candy machine. I pick up lollipops for my nieces. I find candy shaped like Star Wars characters and I buy enough for all the fans I know. I order a flaming souffle for the kids-on-a-first-date two tables away.
I will probably not succeed in this resolution, but it’s important for me to try. I want to be satisfied with every gift I give. I want to know that it is building a better tomorrow, not just a better moment. I want to be conscious of every gift I almost give. I want to know if I am being manipulated by the media, bad education, and past habits.
Maybe this year I can go 20 days… or 100 days, or 200 days. Then I’ll double that. Then I’ll triple it. Pretty soon, I won’t remember why it was important to ever purchase sugar at all.
I keep hearing that resolutions were made to be broken, or the opposite– that breaking a resolution is like breaking a promise to yourself.
But the truth, as it is in most situations, lies somewhere in between. Resolutions are lofty dreams, a path of fluffy clouds that lead straight to the future you want most. It’s not a solid path, or a perfect one, and it’s easy to slip up or fall through. But it’s the creating of that prophesy that gives your dreams a tangible form. It’s the first step into the cloudy abyss that gives you the courage to take the remaining steps and unveil the future of your dreams.
Maybe not this year, or today, but someday.
Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.
- James Allen
Some of my related posts about sugar and diabetes:
- I wish I were Diabetic
- There and healthy again, a non-diabetics tale.
- Sweet in a Bad Way
- Who invited sugar to the party?
- I don’t know if you’re skinny, but you’re most certainly a…