Sunday, May 13, 2012
So, life is about living and learning. And once you learn a lesson, you shouldn't need to learn it again. Right? Well, it always seemed like it should be that way with my kids. I thought a slap on the wrist should be enough to make them never, ever want to repeat a behavior again. Ha. Even after 1,000 slaps, they would still try to get away with it. (Please do not call DHR on me for child abuse. My children are nearly grown, happy, well-adjusted children). And not to mention those BIG infractions with BIG consequences. That was no guarantee of future obedience.
I see this with the people I work with who are addicted to drugs or alcohol. For example, I know that withdrawals are horrendous. One of my dear friends from my previous job described it to me in detail once. He had to detox in jail, which only added to the "discomfort". So I wonder... once you have gone through that... faced the natural consequences of your addiction... and it is out of your system.... and it was THAT crappy... why do you want to go and put the drugs in your body again? It doesn't make sense.
Or why, after you have been in school for 17 years of your life already and know better, would you wait until 2 hours before an assignment is due to start working on it? And then be surprised when the internet goes down in your house and you have to rush to Starbucks?
Or why do I keep eating crap and not exercising when I KNOW that losing weight means eating better and regular exercise?
We are slow learners.
And we want what we want.
To our own destruction.
Posted by Brenda at 10:44 AM