Simple Solutions

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We humans are complicated creatures, and we love to solve our problems using complicated means.
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For example, we eat a chocolate bar, then we deal with the double jeopardy of the calories and the guilt.
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We must run, swim or cycle for thirty minutes to burn the calories. Or we can offset them by eating less that evening.
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If we’re looking to reduce our guilt, we can also choose to lobby the government to introduce sugar taxes or ban the sale of sweet snacks, or make them harder to find in the supermarket.
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There are all sorts of solutions to this complex problem.
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The simple solution is to just not put the chocolate bar in our mouths in the first place.
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But that raises the question: are we willing to take the simple solution? Has our conditioning about ‘have a treat’ and ‘you deserve it’ overruled our clear vision? Will we feel we’re missing out on something that everyone else gets to have? Will we feel that it isn’t all that bad because others are doing it? Is our addiction to the sugar rush and dopamine-hit such that our chocolate craving over-rides all reason?
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The simple solution usually takes courage and discipline.
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But it’s worth remembering, as Jim Rohn said:
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“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”
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