All Filled Up
I recall reading that a man from Virginia Beach (Virginia, USA)
filed a law suit against his hospital. He opted to have surgery in
order to lose weight. So he had his stomach stapled -- a procedure
that reduced the size of his stomach so he couldn't eat as much.
A couple of days after surgery he sneaked down the hospital
corridors to the kitchen. There he raided the refrigerator and ate
so much that his staples burst.
The law suit? He claimed it was the hospital's fault. They should
have locked the refrigerator.
And no - I don't know how the suit came out. Just the staples.
He wanted to make other people responsible for what he put into his
mouth. Which raises the question: who decides what we bring into our
One man told me, "I'm not a garbage truck."
"What do you mean by that?" I asked him.
"I mean that sometimes other people want to dump their garbage on
me," he said. "They fill themselves up with negativity and
complaints and want to dump all of that garbage on me. I'm not going
to take all of their garbage. They may need to get rid of it, but
not all over me."
He believes people need to be responsible for the garbage in their
lives. And that's probably true for the good stuff, too. For me,
that includes just about everything. It means I am responsible for
everything I put into my mouth, but also for everything I choose to
watch and hear. Some of it's good and some of it's garbage. It even
means everything that comes into my head through my eyes and ears.
It's also about everything that fills up my time. Everything.
And to be honest, I don't always do a great job with everything that
comes into my life. But I am clear that what I allow in is up to me,
not somebody else.
When we fill our bodies with the right foods, they perform well.
When we fill our heads with learning, they won't easily stagnate.
When we fill our minds with healthier attitudes, we will have a
When we fill our hearts with a little more courage, we will be able
to face life with confidence.
When we fill our talk with more gratitude, we will be happier.
When we fill our lives with more love, we will never be alone.
Only we can decide how to fill ourselves up.
Have you heard the story of the two wolves? A common version of it
goes like this:
An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life...
"A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a
terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
"One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed,
arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies,
false pride, superiority, self-doubt and ego.
"The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity,
humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth,
compassion, and faith.
"This same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his
grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"
The old chief simply replied, "The one you feed."
Only I can choose what should come into my life. Only I can choose
which wolf to feed. And only I can choose what to do about it today.
~ Steve Goodier ~
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