I've been thinking a lot about food.
Sometimes it's all I think about.
I'm on the second week of a new eating plan and so far I'm not doing so well.
I was thinking about a quote that I read a couple of years ago and thought it applied to eating well and establishing other good habits in a couple of different ways.
"The fruit is never found near the trunk of the tree....it's way out on the branches."
Good things are always found to be a little bit harder to get to then the bad things. Bad habits, temptation and gluttony are right there...available at arms reach. I was noticing this when I stopped at QT the other day and went inside to get a drink. Right there at the cash register, within arms reach was a rack of candy bars, trashy magazines and cigarettes. The bananas and apples were clear around the other side....a required effort to get to when you're on the go.
Good things require a little more effort and work. You gotta actually climb that tree. You gotta walk your rear end around the counter to the bananas and apples. You gotta show restraint at the temptations within arms reach.
But the fruits of our labors are oh so sweet. The good habits, the physical, spiritual and emotional benefits, the blessings...all those good fruits, require a bit of a climb to get there and then when we do the reward is tasty, satisfying and downright dripping with sweetness.
For me though, the trick will be developing a craving for fruit and the effort it takes to get to it!