From Buddha himself or not, I love this quote. Because isn’t it true, that we’re kind of programmed in a way to be naive about certain things? We read articles in magazines and pick up books off shelves at Barnes & Noble, and we believe what we are reading to be true. We believe it to be true, especially if it resonates with us.
Say you’re trying to lose weight, and you hear a podcast on the “seven best diet tricks to shed those pounds!” You’re pretty likely bound to believe that these tricks must be legit, but how do we really know?
I have a few co-workers who are often complaining about their weight, and this one co-worker perpetually is telling them that “carbs are bad!” and “you can’t eat a bagel, what are you thinking?!,” and these poor co-workers of mine who are trying to lose weight, they take this other co-worker’s advice as The Total Truth. But come on. Carbs aren’t the devil. Bagels once in a while aren’t going to hinder your weight loss goals. This is common sense, right?
I just find it interesting how, so often when we are looking for something, seeking out a tiny little nugget of advice or input, it can be so easy to take whatever we hear to be true. Really, are you giving up the carbs because you know it to be the key to your success? Does it agree with your own common sense? With your own reason?
If it doesn’t- if something someone says or something you read somewhere feels a little off? Then you have every right to go ahead and say “screw it.”
Because the bottom line is, you don’t have to live by anyone else’s rules but your own. At the end of the day, you need to be happy with your choices, and only you can know what the best choices for you are. If it doesn’t feel right, if it doesn’t agree with your own reason, then who cares what expert (or co-worker!) said it. Screw it. Do you. Follow your gut. Go with what feels right. Eat the bagel if you want to, and know that you aren’t doing a damn thing wrong when you do.
Do things that correlate with what you believe, and don’t feel like you have to follow anyone else’s “sage” advice. At the end of the day, don’t you want to be comfortable in your own skin, with the choices that you’ve made, knowing you made decisions based on your own intuition and gut feeling?
(I’m fully aware that you may read this and very well say “screw this!” and move along. And thats the whole point, really. (Not for you to say screw it and leave my blog forever.), but to take things with a grain of salt- if they speak to you and resonate with you, then roll with it. If not so much, then that’s okay too. It’s all about being true to you, and following your own inner voice, which, admittedly, can be difficult sometimes.)