As I was looking at the dirty floor today I thought of the quote "nature abhors a vacuum" Just what does that mean? I abhor a vacuum as well, but since when did mother nature buy a hoover?
Craining my brain far back to freshman physical science I remember the quote being interpreted that where there is an empty space it will invariably fill up with something. I have no idea of the history, who thought it up, or why. But while I was frosting my valentine cookies I had a moment to ponder.
Lets say the empty space is my mouth. The natural woman (me) naturally would like to fill it especially when I am in the kitchen.
Valentines Day = Chocolate. Calamity = an eater of Chocolate.
Stragety: I begged my husband "please whatever you do, do not buy me chocolate for V day." Then to fill the vaccuim/void the absence of chocolate would leave on Valentines day I told him "I would like bubble bath and a People (there I said it, I am a gossip monger.) I know that my home will be filled with chocolate no matter what, so to limit my intake I can stop the flow from one artery.
Now - I have to fill my empty mouth and stomach before nature does, and my secret: Spearmint gum in my kitchen drawers, large glasses of ice water, a cup of hot chocolate, fudgecicles in my freezer, and the most important: 3 nice filling healthy meals and 2 healthy snacks.
When I have had to overcome any obsticle, be it a bad habit or a sin, I find that I have to fill up my life with other things. Sitting and thinking about how bad I want the object only leads me to cave. Filling my time with service, excercise, children, spouse or hobbies, makes it harder to put the old vice back in the hole.
For example T.V. time = food, the change: T.V. time = ironing, sock sorting, crocheting, foot rubbing etc. Find your vice, dig it out and then fill the hole in with something better. It is always better to be busy than bored. Boredom brings on eating.
"Nature sucks" There I said it-get it? vacuum pun. Nature sucks stuff right on to your belly, stop the flow, clog up the vacuum. This advice is my Valentines gift to you. I am so grateful to you. It is so fun to find comments in my email box, I love that I have made friends that I have never met. I am grateful that others are willing to struggle right along with me. On this day of love and gratitude I need to say thanks! My life is getting crazy busy right now with church callings, family, school and various commitments so the postings are slowing down a bit, but I feel that this blog is a cherry on top of a very blessed life! Thanks for making it possible.