I don’t know when or where I first read this quote. Today’s blog title is the nicer version: “Life is hard, don’t make it harder.” The real version is a bit more sarcastic: “Life is hard. Being dumb makes it harder. Don’t be dumb.”
In yesterday’s post, I talked about how thoughts and actions can shape your feelings. Acting and thinking in ways that are good, positive, healthy, joyful, and happy will actually foster the emotional experience of happiness.
The reverse is also true. Acting poorly, wrongly, inappropriately, foolishly (dumbly), or sinfully will make you sad, frustrated, and discouraged. There is one MAJOR reason for this. When we do dumb/sinful stuff we experience the consequences.
Here is another saying I heard somewhere and tweaked a bit: “You can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences that come from ignoring reality.”
Doing dumb stuff, making bad choices, and doing what is wrong always has consequences. This week, I had three conversations with three different people who had each managed to do some real (and I do mean REAL) dumb stuff. And they reaped the consequences. They weren’t nice consequences. They hurt themselves. They hurt others who were impacted by their bad choices. Everyone was unhappy.
Pay attention to your options and your choices, because everything you choose to do will have repercussions (read Galatians 6:7-10). Your happiness or unhappiness will depend a great deal on your choices. Where do North Americans seem to make a LOT of bad choices? Here are three of them:
About over-eating and not taking care of ourselves.
About overspending, going into debt, and what is called “luxury fever” that always wants the biggest and the best.
I will borrow an idea from Bobby McFerrin who sang, “Don’t worry, be happy.” How about: “Don’t do dumb stuff, be happy”?
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