The was a Star Trek (TNG) episode once where the Enterprise was assailed by wave after wave of some sort of force. The intensity of the waves kept increasing, due to something they called “the Harmonic Amplification effect.” (Yes, I’m a big nerd.)
Anyway, the more they turned up the shields, the more powerful the waves became, until they came close to destroying the ship. (!!!)
It was very tense.
Eventually, it occurs to Data (the resident android) to drop the shields completely. And, of course, the wave then passes over the ship with barely a ripple. If they had maintained the super-strong shields, the ship would have been ripped apart.
Moral of the story: Don’t fight temptation, or it will kill you.
(What? That’s what I got out of it. *grin*)
Okay, that’s maybe a little too broad. What I really mean is, if you choose your temptation battles, you can keep them winnable.
For instance, if you give in to something like this:
Then you might not snap and scarf down something like this:
Or, if you occasionally partake of this:
Maybe you won’t feel so deprived that you binge on the whole supply:
Read a steamy romance novel, or drool over a hunk (or hunkette) on TV or the Internet now and then…
… and maybe your neighbor who mows the lawn in skimpy clothing won’t look tempting.
You see what I mean? A little indulgence now and then is like innoculating yourself against wallowing in a cesspool of excess. (Hmm. Would that be an “excesspool”?)
It’s like “Lid Sid” here—
He holds the lid up just enough to let off a little steam so your pot doesn’t blow.
Isn’t that brilliant? Giving into the small temptations is like having your own virtual Lid Sid with you all the time!
Okay, you know what you need to do.
Go! Have an ice cream cone right now! Or, if it’s not too early, a drink. (Do it for Sid!) Save yourself from the excesspool before it’s too late!
So, what’s your weakness? Chocolate? Salty snacks? Jim Beam? Steamy romance novels?
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