Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Are you still sleeping with a nightlight?

I just read that phrase and think it's kind of apt.  How often do seemingly fearless (or at least seemingly put together) adults still use the metaphorical nightlight. 

If something really bad is going to happen in your house -- a nightlight isn't going to save you.  It just lets you see what's coming....but only if your awake.

What the nightlight does is give you some sense that you're safe -- it doesn't really do anything expect make you feel better about where you are.

Diets are like nightlights.  They shine some light (not a lot but some) on the scary situation of feeling out of control with your weight.  They let you know what you "should" be doing but only in an impractical-tool-for-the-rest-of-your-life kind of way.  So they don't really solve the problem -- they just give you the illusion that you are dealing with it.

At some point in each of our lives, there was a time when we put the nightlight away.  We realized that we didn't need it.  The dark wasn't really that scary (at least most of the time).  We found ways to put our fears to rest.  We grew up and learned we can take care of ourselves.

Are you still sleeping with a nightlight?  Are you ready to tackle the prospect of make friends with the dark?

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