Nothing is more desirable than to be released of an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch. -James Baldwin
Is the fear of giving up a crutch keeping us from being released from our afflictions?
A crutch is only to be used for a brief period. Do we want to be on crutches for the rest of our lives? Shouldn't we want to get rid of them ASAP?
What crutches have you given up? What crutches do you hang on to?
I am addicted to sugar.
I am addicted to food.
I am addicted to eating.
I cannot exercise.
My family does not support me.
I am a stress eater.
I am too old.
My poor physical condition keeps me like I am.
Others can eat all they want and not gain an ounce, I bite my fingernails and gain 5 pounds.
I cannot pass up candy.
There is always junk in the break room.
My husband/wife expects me to sit down and eat with him/her.
I have to keep chips in the house for the kids.
I always make candy at Christmas.
I don't like water.
It was on sale.
Did I miss any?
Are there any compulsive overeaters who don't want to be free of the consequences of their disease? No one wants to suffer the effects of obesity and/or enslavement to food. But the real question is, "am I willing to give up the temporary oblivion food provides?" That crutch enabled me to hobble through life when nothing else seemed to help. Nov. 9 OA Daily Reading
Be careful out there today.