The Story of One’s Cravings
We all have a narrative about our cravings that we repeat without recognizing, and another story can be written. Take Keisha, for example. With her life tale, she appears to need happiness. “Nothing positive ever comes out of my life,” the story behind such a longing could go. “I am deserving of happiness.” As a result, with such a strong need for happiness, she may be tempted to seek contentment in things other than God.
We must comprehend that our cravings’ stories are similar to paintings. It all starts with a blank canvas. The image evolves into whatever we make it to be.
We must learn to perceive ourselves not as helpless victims of our cravings but as individuals with the ability and control to suppress them. Do you view yourself as the authors of our stories, whether about your lives or appetites? Moreover, it would be best if you recognized that you have a choice in how you respond to your cravings when you consider yourselves a creator. We don’t always have to operate on autopilot or in default mode.
The More You Try Not To, The More You Do
Have you ever gotten stuck in quicksand? Or, at the very least, have you ever seen someone in a movie become stuck in quicksand? In the film, quicksand is portrayed as mucky sand or soil that suckers people into it. When caught in quicksand, the more a person moves, the faster they sink. Isn’t this true for many other aspects of life? The more we strive to get away from something, the more it shackles us. This is why quicksand has served as an excellent metaphor for the physiological condition known as “ironic processing.”
When we strive to ignore some thoughts, they become more pronounced, persistent, and obstinate in our minds. This is known as ironic processing. Consider what occurs if someone advises, “Do not think about a pink elephant.” You couldn’t help but think of a pink elephant, couldn’t you? The more you try not to think about something, the more you will think about it. The longer you avoid something, the more it will bother you. That is the irony of our thought processes.
Our desires are related to ironic processing. The more we try to ignore our cravings, the more likely we are to crave them. The more we attempt not to think about our appetites, the more we will find it difficult not to think about them. The goal, then, is to plan our lives so that the things that remind us of our cravings are kept distant. “Out of sight, out of mind,” as the saying goes.
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