Sunday, March 10, 2013

Temptation and the Oreo

This was a fabulous weekend, just as I anticipated.  Lots of outdoor cycling! And if you've been following along, you know how happy that makes me! Daylight savings time began and it was a delight when I took my daughter to her tutoring session at 7pm this evening and the sky was still bright. Last week it had been dark. What a difference a week makes. Hello Spring! My spirits are high, and I'm ready for the week ahead.

While Kendall was being tutored, I sat outside and pondered what I would like to write about. I've been thinking about temptation a lot recently. Temptation can be defined as to strongly wish for or want something; usually something we can't or shouldn't have. Temptation seems to be surrounding me lately, in many forms. Indulgence can be so alluring. Perfect topic for a blog post.

Maybe it was the picture my nephew posted on Facebook that prompted the temptation reflection:

Or maybe it's because it is currently Lent, and the talk about town is giving up an object of desire during this period of time before Easter. In the Bible, Jesus was tempted in the desert by the Devil and of course He did not waver. So as testament to their faith, people restrict themselves from something they strongly desire during Lent. The expectation is to not give in to temptation.  Of course, when something is forbidden it suddenly becomes more enticing. We want what we can't have, and we want it RIGHT NOW. Human nature.

I have given up sweets.  What do I want?  Of course, I want those stinking Oreos.  I indulge in red grapes instead.  While eating the grapes my mind is focused on how delicious the birthday cake Oreos would taste. (sigh)

To not give in to our desires is an act of strength and will.  It can build mental fortitude. (Look how strong I am not eating the Oreos!)  Meanwhile it seems every thought turns to the object of desire.  I want an Oreo. Maybe two?!

Crazy, right?  I'm sure you've been tempted by something so hopefully you can empathize.

I want to throw caution to the wind and eat the Oreo, but not right now, the timing isn't right.  Perhaps after Ironman Kansas 70.3 I will give in and indulge myself.  As a matter of fact, the timing then will be perfect. Something to look forward to!

I just have to remember that I am powerless.  To remain strong means to work on myself.  With that work I can live freely without the obsession of the Oreo.  I can achieve a healthy balance with temptation, as it is part of being human. Balance, resolve and work peppered with a dose of humility.

Of course, I always have hope.

I hope you have a great week filled with productivity, laughter and wellness.  See you soon!

Peace out,


  1. Strange, the metaphysical musings a pack of Oreo can trigger!

    1. Ha Ha! Indeed! That's my story and I'm sticking to it :)

  2. I'm happy with grapes over the aforesaid oreos. They oddly have no allure for me. Unfortunately though, I have many failings elsewhere; with the most common outcome on most occasions being -
    Temptation= one/Christians= nil
    Cheers, ic

    1. Ha! You're funny Ian! It's the devil sugar...gets me every time! I'm standing strong though. Resistance!

  3. One more thing to regret about when not being in american :) I never tried oreos but I wish I could try some now.

  4. You hit the nail on the head...temptation is about being denied something you want. Who likes that? Kids know from an EARLY age what that is like and they have no problem voicing their displeasure.

    But as a cyclist, you got this!! Those Oreos can wait. Enjoy Spring!!

    Penny at Green Moms and Kids

  5. When something is forbidden, it is almost always more enticing. Michelle, I am proud of you for eating the grapes instead of the Oreos. I’d have a tough time with that too. And don’t even tempt me with dark chocolate, my weakness!

  6. my temptation... cheesecake anything!!! cherry cheesecake, strawberry cheesecake, cheesecake icecream, cheesecake bites.... sigh!

    -Queen Mommy