Stoic Moment

“A feast is more than enough.”

This moment hit me right in the face. The problem I have in this moment of life, what I am actually getting more under control in the later years of my life, is I “over eat” on things. When I say “over eat” I mean not just with food. Let me unpack a little here for you.

I am well off, even privileged I would say. I have access to things that many across the globe don’t. I worked hard to get to that status. Where I am wrong, I believe, is where I don’t stop with just being happy with what I have. I am more self-aware of it, the impulse of it, the control it can have over my next choices.

I do over eat past the feast in front of me as much any more. I do it a lot less. I give it away a lot more than I ever have in the later years of my life. I don’t need it. But, as humans, we’re greedy. We’re collectors. We drive to protect our things, sometimes at all costs.

I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the 1986 movie Labyrinth , but there is a scene, a creature that Jim Henson created that is sort of pack rat. They collect all these things, carrying it like a shell on their back. It consumes them. This is what they end up like, what we must look like this to some.

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Labyrinth, The Junk Lady

We’re all in some respects The Junk Lady with our mental, virtual, physical backs piled high with stuff from over eating over the years.

I don’t need half of what I have. I mean this physically. I mean this positionally. I mean this as a status. I mean this mentally. I could stop accelerating, stop earning success trophies, to end right now with the race I have run to this point. I would not need a thing. But, lingering in the dark recesses of my mind, is the glutton. Is the Junk Lady.

I am going to work the rest of my years giving up that gorging. I will eat until I am full, then stop. Be happy. I see someone else that needs what’s left on the table, I will not take it from them. I’ll excuse myself, give access to the table to others that don’t have it, even relenting my own seat whenever I should. I don’t even have to eat until I am full before getting off the table. I just will, because I should.

I’m full. That should be enough for me, for us, for anyone. Stop over eating.

✌ Shawn

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