When I got COVID in the fall of 2020, I totally lost my sense of taste and smell. I was still early in my journey of sustainable weight loss and freedom around food. However, my reaction to this situation was completely hilarious. Most people I know said they stopped really caring about their food. I, on the other hand, gained weight. I was so desperate to taste something that for several days I ate everything, constantly. I was determined to get some sort of response from my taste and smell. It didn’t happen and eventually I gave up. It was literally almost six weeks before things started to come back to me.
It occurred to me this year as I was coaching ladies, that we should be truly squeezing the experience out of everything we do. Honestly, this is how we find ourselves joyful and content instead of desperate and determined to feel something. I can’t tell you how many evenings I have ended with a dessert in front of the TV because my dinner was eaten while I fed babies, cleaned messes, and tried to keep everyone in line. I would hardly taste my food. I’m still in that phase with Micaela, but now I slow down. I enjoy the conversation at the table and watching Micaela get better at eating. Instead of hurrying things up, I sit back and allow it all to take longer. I eat my food and think about the flavors. I laugh and talk instead of worrying about the chores that follow the dinner. When I leave the table, I am satisfied. No more pleasure is needed.
What part of your life do you need to slow down and enjoy? Your food? Your relationships? Your work? What do you need to slow down and really experience so that you don’t desperately run to an unhealthy habit to give you the pleasure you crave?
I have a theory that all of our life is made to fill our soul when we walk it out in the trust of our God. It is only when we run from thing to thing full of worry or bitterness, that we feel empty.
I love what Hebrews 13:5, NIV, says about contentment. It feeds my soul:
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Journal Prompt: What part of your life are you rushing through instead of slowing down and enjoying? How does this affect how you show up in your growth and habit change? In what way do you need to trust God so that you can slow down more?
by Lora Armendariz
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