The “Cereal Syndrome”
One of my favorite cereals is the classic Honey Bunches of Oats with almonds, but you’ll still find me standing in front of a barricade of cereals at some supermarket, trying to figure out if I want to try something new. And you know what? After much thought, I still end up buying the same old cereal or two.
Recently, I scanned through a cook book and found plenty of good dishes to try out. Nearly every page had an exotic recipe with a great photo. And guess what? I still end up favoring those few tried dishes that always seem to hit the right spot. It isn’t to say that I don’t try new dishes, but maybe it’s about practicing restraint instead of indulging in the luxury of choices.
With so many choices in the market, I find that time is often wasted on choosing because whether one likes it or not, nearly every product or service has competition. So if left uncontrolled, being choosy becomes a habit of one’s daily life. Even when one returns home after shopping, the “Cereal Syndrome” remains. It may translate to one’s personal life where one isn’t satisfied with one’s life partner and may move on from one to another. It may also enter one’s work life where one changes jobs so often that saving money becomes an issue. Even in spirituality, from dancing yoga to tibetan monasteries, the choices are plenty. A person who tries various spiritual paths may end up looking like a hippie and experience dissatisfaction. If the habit remains uncontrolled, bad choices are easily made and can be quite harmful.
With a little restraint in a world of choices, one could probably solve half of one’s worries and problems, and that’s pretty good. So the next time I reach out for a different cereal, I might give it a second thought just for the sake of self-discipline.