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A fridge-raiders guide to life

September 11, 2017


Do you ever find yourself raiding the fridge, unable to satisfy your peckishness despite whatever you eat? You try something sweet, open a pack of something savoury and - still hungry - wash it down with something sugary.


If that describes you, chances are that you're not hungry at all. You're actually thirsty, and what you really want, without knowing it, is a cup of water.

That's because many of us are not all that good at reading our own body's signals. We confuse hunger with thirst until, in desperation we try some water and then - Aha! - discover that we were thirsty all along!


That simple fact can teach us a profound lesson about ourselves.
If we can't distinguish between simple hunger and thirst, that's even more true of our emotional and spiritual dimensions.


Sometimes a person can feel dissatisfied with life; itching to change and live differently. What's the normal reaction? Look for a different job, spend money or travel.


But Jewish thought has a different approach: We're confusing thirst with hunger.

Instead of a new car we may actually be longing for something deeper and more meaningful. We think we are craving a holiday, but it could be that our spiritual dimension is disatissfied with the thin gruel it's being served. More money and success is just a distraction;  the thirst ultimately remains.


Rosh Hashana is a time for introspection, so here's my personal suggestion. Take a moment to think whether you're hungry or really thirsty?  It may improve your diet, and your life too.







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