Have your harmless everyday actions turned into a full blown addiction?
Here’s one way to find out…and not fall prey to them any longer
We must give up many things to which we are addicted, considering them to be good. Otherwise, courage will vanish, which should continually test itself. Greatness of the soul will be lost, which can’t stand out unless it disdains as petty what the mob regarded as most desirable. — Seneca
What do you spend time indulging in: Television, sweets, scrolling through social media, complaining about your problems or any of the other ways one can spend idle time?
At first these small indulgences might seem fine, 1 hour of television here, a piece of chocolate with dinner once a week or talking through a relevant life issue with a friend.
Where we run the risk of our actions turning into more, is when 1 hour of television turns into 2 to 3 to maybe even 5 hours ,and then, before you know you have finished a Netflix Original series. One which, you never intended on finishing in the first place(I have personally experienced this first hand).
Over indulgence starts to rear its ugly head when one piece of chocolate per week turns into a chocolate bar at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
These may seem like very extreme examples so, let us dial it back. When posting and scrolling through friends & families social feeds for 1 hour on some lunch breaks may not seem to be over indulgence turned full-blown addiction.
However, when some days turn into everyday and the action becomes habitual that is when scrolling has become an addiction.
When you have lost the freedom of abstaining from “it”, it has become an addiction.
You see any actions that starts as an innocent indulgence can slowly chip away at our self control, freedom and sovereignty, clouding our judgement.
One must refrain oneselves from their addiction to re-build self-control, regain clarity and re-develop postive judgement.