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From: Craig ( -
Subject: Re: A Wistful Wish For Sugar...Any Ideas?
Date: November 25, 2006 at 11:37 am PST

In Reply to: Re: A Wistful Wish For Sugar...Any Ideas? posted by Jo Stepaniak on November 25, 2006 at 2:46 am:

Hi, Jo, and thank you.

Yes, I've addressed the issue of taking too much thought for too small an issue with other people. It's very easy when it comes to others, isn't it? The reason that I wonder about sugar, though (and I wrote what I did with a small smile, because I know that it isn't that big a problem) is that this vegan lifestyle is so much fun and so good for us (I like to hear my doctor tell me that I done good,), and I've improved so much with it in the past several years, that I'd like to do as much as I can with it to have as much fun as I can with it, the kind of quiet fun that comes from knowing and doing the right thing.

There's so much to life, so much that I have discovered that I never knew existed. I simply hadn't taken the time to think about it because I was too busy following my feelings and instincts. Those parts of us only take thought for the moment and do not look ahead to tomorrow or even to the good of others. There is a freedom and a joy in doing what is right, and what I want (as opposed to what I like) does not lead to it.

It's one thing to like some sugar now and then. I understand that, and I have no problem with it. I even made a butternut squash pie for Thanksgiving into which I deliberately put sugar...and I enjoyed it. It is in the nature of a feast to do that sort of thing.

But this is a little different. This is a definite want, something in the nature of an addiction or at the very least a well-worn and ingrained habit, and I'd like to break that. I'd like to be content with what is right and good, not having to have something because I'm vaguely dissatisfied because I want "more." I don't sneak out to the refrigerator at midnight and scoop spoons of ice cream. It's not even a matter of a guilty pleasure. I don't hide packets of sugar around the house, tossing them back with a furtive glance to see if I've been caught. I don't binge, I'm really rather normal except for my happy eccentricities (I think I have too much serotonin to be sensible). Yet I have this want. It's more a question of who's in charge here, and what should who's in charge be doing?

I don't want to think that good enough is good enough. I don't want to settle. I want to do well, and so my question about sugar. Is this a case of handling it like any habit, of going cold turkey? That's what it's beginning to look like. Well, if I must.

However, cranberry sauce, lingonberries, and pumpkin pie are the punctuation of my holiday season, without which the sentence of December makes no sense. I will enjoy this month! Bring on the lights, the food, and the family. I am so looking forward to this.

Remember what this season is really for. Happy Advent, Merry Christmas, and may you never be caught in a traffic jam.

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