Indulge: to yield to an inclination or desire; allow oneself to follow one’s will.
For me this season that means sinking my teeth into every delicious cookie that crosses my path. Eyes closed, chewing slowly, relishing the richness of flavor in every bite. Seriously.
True confession: I cannot stop eating Christmas cookies.
Nor do I want to!
Now I’m not the type of person who denies herself sweets or goodies of any kind. Ever! I believe in living in the details of life.
I do, however, find myself easily satisfied with a few bites of this or a handful of that. I don’t normally enjoy overindulging.
But this holiday season? I’ve jumped in – choppers first! My clothes are tighter and I’ve given myself heartburn on more than one occasion. One nice side effect is that I’ve gained a little everywhere so I’m bustier than I’ve been in years. I guess it’s true what they say: It’s only when you’re truly enjoying life that your cups runneth over… 😉
For some reason this year I find myself delighting in every moment of the sinful delicacies. For that reason I refuse to feel guilty about it. That would ruin the deliciousness of the whole situation!
Which helps me raise the point that there are times in life when you just need to let yourself indulge.
(In some cases until you bulge!)
Now this can be a fine line issue and I’m not suggesting that we often go nuts eating, drinking & caving to any and all vices. Heart attacks & obesity are very real concerns. I am merely suggesting that there are times in life when it feels good to not be overly concerned about all the things we normally juggle:
Weight, cholesterol, 30 minutes of moderate exercise & 7-10 fruits ‘n veggies a day, 8 glasses of water, lean proteins, moderate alcohol intake… Bah humbug to it all!
Sometimes we need to just kick back a little and do some of the things we swore to ourselves as kids we’d do as adults. Because part of the beauty of being an adult IS the freedom! Which we were focused on as children but forget about once we actually are adults. By then we’re so caught up in the responsibilities that come with it, too.
I will TOTALLY eat cookies for breakfast!
This month my nutritional standards have slipped exponentially, that’s for sure. But here’s the cool thing – I take good care of myself on a regular basis. I try to be above average in my food life and normally do quite well!
So I just want to be good & naughty right now. Revel in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the holiday season. It comes around once a year & sets a tone for the new one right around the corner. I refuse to be so stressed through a celebration that brings out the best in people that the whole whirlwind passes me by! Nope, it’s too sweet for that.
And you can bet I’m not going to fret about my downsizing come January. Oh no. I promise I won’t be overly aware of the facts regarding my figure. I’ll think of it in terms of “Hey, I must’ve lost a cookie or two!” if I find my pants swinging a little looser.
I know that I’ll find my rhythm again in the new year and will be back to navigating a harmonious balance for my daily life. That’s standard. But for now? I say let it ride!
No matter what holiday you celebrate this season, the joy should center around loved ones young and old. Enjoy kicking back & watching the fire, assume less responsibility, give more time, less rules and much love!
In the words of the late Peter O’Toole, “If you can’t do something willingly & joyfully, then don’t do it. Do. As. Thou. Wilt.”