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May 14, 2015

The Danger of the Donut

Hal photo outside Feb2012“There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different than the things that we do.” (Freya Madeline Stark)

The other day, I ate a Krispy Kreme donut because I had a rough day, and I thought I deserved one. I treated myself, and I should have felt great afterwards. Right?

Wrong.

I felt rotten, and it wasn’t just the crash on the other side of a sugar rush. I felt terrible because I knew I’d let myself down. For the sake of what I wanted in the moment (a hot, delicious donut), I gave up on what I want most (a healthy, fit body). Instead of being happy, I was miserable — because I betrayed my integrity.

Also, because one donut became three.

This is the danger of the “easy way” — it usually makes things worse. It feels good right now, but it leads us away from being at peace with ourselves.

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