This morning, I came across an interview with Jay Shetty that really made me think.
He was sharing the concept of discomfort and how it directs our behaviours and he said this:
"The things that are bad for us feel good before and the things that are good for us feel good after".
Is it just me, or does that also make your mind go to... well, then the things that are bad for us feel bad after!
And, if you are anything like me, you recognise the truth of those words.... avoiding that work you know you should be doing to sit on the sofa binge eating and watching Netflix feels reeeeaaaaaally good - in fact, it's the thing you neeeeeeed - before, but the inevitable crush of guilt and shame swiftly follows, making you feel like shit in the end.
So, why do we not choose to feel good ultimately?
I think it's because we have turned into creatures of immediate gratification. People who are too impatient to want to work for that 'good' that lasts and so settle for the 'good' that is immediately available, regardless of how it makes us feel in the long run.
How about we start making a different choice?
How about we start to remember how bad feeling bad really feels?!!
How about we start to embrace the fact that we have the ability to feel good right there in the palm of our hands, through the choices that we make and the actions that we take.