Draft date 3/10/10 on eat2prevent.com, never published
I was thinking about how what we eat can be expanded to what we consume mentally, emotionally, spiritually–food for thought. So many areas of our lives that seem to have nothing to do with food influence what we eat.
So from now on Eat2Prevent will no longer be just about eating to prevent disease but about food for thought to create, as my friend TJ puts it, “critical thinking with a positive attitude.”
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
“God has rigged the world so that it only works when we embrace risk as the theme of our lives, when we live by faith.”
Both of the above quotes are taken from Dare to Desire by John Eldredge, who writes, “It’s not that we have desire—we are desire” and “The question is not, Dare we desire, but Dare we not desire?” I highly recommend this book. It is short and simple, yet profound. Eldredge writes that when we deny desire, it doesn’t goes away but becomes buried, confusing us and manifesting itself in warped ways. Or we simply cannot embrace opportunities because we no longer know what we want.
And, as is the way of the universe, while reading this book I have stumbled across related material in other areas.
“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition, when infinite joy is offered us…. We are far too easily pleased.” —C.S. Lewis
This quote has always spoken to me, and when I think about it I catch myself in the middle of fear and accepting less–less than the best I know I can do, less than I deserve from others, less than I need to be productive, to be happy, to be alive.
Danielle LaPorte, author of White Hot Truth, wrote in her most recent blog about the “suck factor of life balance.” She reminded me that balance for the sake of balance is pointless. That sometimes balance becomes fulfilling the status quo, or other people’s expectations, instead of relentlessly pursuing truth. Sometimes that means staying in bed all day because you’re too tired to get up. But it also means pushing .
Ultimately, it means listening to yourself. And I’ve found that appealing to a power higher than myself gives me clarity, personality, individuality, and a whole lot of help when it comes to the truth.
Martin Luther King Jr’s words in “Letter from Birmingham Jail” sum it up:
“But though I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist, as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a measure of satisfaction from the label. Was not Jesus an extremist for love: ‘Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.’ Was not Amos an extremist for justice: ‘Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.’ Was not Paul an extremist for the Christian gospel: ‘I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.’ Was not Martin Luther an extremist: ‘Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God.’ And John Bunyan: ‘I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience.’ And Abraham Lincoln: ‘This nation cannot survive half slave and half free. And Thomas Jefferson: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…’
“So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice? … Perhaps…the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”