There’s a saying we have in Peace with Food regarding wisdom and it is this: Let wisdom do the heavy lifting.
Let’s face it. There are times we don’t think too clearly. We make rash decisions that we later regret. It’s as if, for a few fleeting seconds, we lose our minds and when we finally come to, it’s too late.
Like the time I was so close to reaching a goal weight. I was so close I could taste it and yet I blew it by going through the Krispy Kreme drive thru and buying a bunch of donuts. (I’m not even going to tell you how many “a bunch” is!) Why did I do that?!
Have you ever experienced that? If you’re like me, too many times to count.
That is, until I learned to let wisdom do the heavy lifting.
What exactly do I mean when I say, “Let wisdom do the heavy lifting”? Basically this: Do for yourself when you are strong what you cannot do for yourself when you are weak.
It is knowing myself, my point of weakness and temptation and then planning ahead to ensure I will come out victorious when faced with that situation.
For example, if I know that my weakness is buying chips and cookies when walking past those aisles in the grocery store, I use wisdom by making sure I avoid those aisles as much as possible. I map out ahead of time what I am going to do in those times of temptation. The advantage of doing this is that I use wisdom when I am strong rather than relying on my fickle willpower in the heat of the moment. It is in these non-tempting moments that I can best plan out my escape route in moments of temptation.
So if I get tripped up by some temptation or circumstance, it is best to plan ahead when my head is clear and I feel strong. Because like it or not, temptation is coming, but I can be prepared if I let wisdom do the heavy lifting.
Take-Home Message: Let wisdom do the heavy lifting by doing for yourself when you are strong what you cannot do when you are weak.