photo by Giuliano Maiolini
The other night wasn’t my proudest moment.
I have been a little out of sorts and wasn’t feeling my best.
I had ridden my skateboard (yes, I ride a skateboard) down to the 5th Street pier on the East River to do my evening prayers while looking over at Manhattan. Normally this is a great way to end the day. I am outside enjoying the fresh air blowing off the river, the beautiful view, and time to spend in thought and prayer.
Maybe it was because I have been working so much this week. Maybe it was because I hadn’t made time to work out because I had so much work to do. Or maybe it was just one of those blah days.
I don’t know why I was that way, but I did know what I needed to do.
I decided I needed ice cream.
So I walked to the grocery store and stared at the ice cream. For ten solid minutes I stared at ice cream. Part of me absolutely knew it was a bad choice and part of me just wanted ice cream. I can’t imagine what I looked like just staring into the freezer?!
Bought the ice cream. (Dulce de leche if you must know.)
Ate two bowls.
And woke up at 3am feeling bad.
I know why I did it…I just wanted to feel better in the moment and my system knew on some level that a cheap ice cream fix would do the trick (in the short term).
I should have tapped, but I didn’t.
The interesting thing is even though tapping right then would have been a better choice (and not eating crap food and getting a better night’s sleep) I’m not sure it would have resulted in a long term change.
This week I want to share with you something I have been thinking a lot about lately.
The idea is this: There are times when I tap that it makes me feel better in the moment, but it doesn’t result into any long term change. It is good that I feel better in the moment, but it is also easy to fall right back into the bad habit or bad feeling I was tapping for.
In the short term the tapping is much better than eating ice-cream. In the long term it really doesn’t make much of a difference (much like eating ice-cream doesn’t make a long term difference) because I am still falling back into my old ways.
You can read my thoughts here on how we can feel better in the short term and make a long term difference: https://tappingqanda.com/?p=9270
I would love to hear your thoughts on tapping to feel better, tapping for action, and getting caught somewhere in the tolerable middle.
As always, let me know what I can do to be helpful.
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