“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness” – Charles Spurgeon.
I’ve spent my month’s blogging break decluttering my house.
I mean seriously decluttering.
Decluttering in the past meant I’d throw out a few things, take some bits and pieces to the charity shop and really just fanny about with everything else. I might box some stuff up and put it in the loft or hide it in cupboards or drawers but, truthfully, it was always more like strategic resettlement rather than a coordinated clear-out.
But this time, driven by a desire for life to be simpler, I’ve really gone for it and now have noticeably less than I did 4 weeks ago.
And I have to agree with Charles Spurgeon – I feel much happier with a lot less and what I do have I now enjoy so much more.
But enjoyment can be a tricky concept when it comes to food.
If you’re Not Thin there seems to be an unwritten rule that you’re not allowed to enjoy food. There’s a sense you should always be denying yourself, rather than seeking satisfaction and enjoyment.
Instead of eating what you really enjoy in front of others, you feel you have to hide away and eat it in secret. This usually results in eating a lot more than you want, followed by guilt and self-loathing, which isn’t enjoyable.
So what if you give yourself permission to enjoy food – I mean really enjoy it? What if you choose food that truly satisfies you? What if you forget what other people might be thinking and savour every enjoyable mouthful?
Do you think you’d eat more or less than you did before?
Perhaps you’d find you’d eat less but enjoy it a whole lot more.