The Story of the Candy & the Child
There was a teacher who gifted a child a piece of candy every day. Every time the child passed by his classroom, he was one piece of candy happier. The teacher then began to gift the child two pieces of candy every day. The child accepted both pieces of candy happily. After a few days, the child began to receive three pieces of candy every day. Then his gifts became four, five and eventually ten pieces.
The child stopped walking by the teacher’s classroom. If he avoided walking by the classroom, he would not have to accept a piece of candy. He was free of the candy until one day, the teacher found the student. The teacher kindly handed the student one piece of candy and walked away. The next day, he gave him one piece of candy again. This continued for a while and the child started accepting the candy happily again.
Overdoing Anything Will Make it Lose its Effect
The child loved receiving a piece of candy once a day. Even twice a day was often enjoyable. Over time, he was gifted too much candy and grew tired of the taste. He even grew tired of the person associated with the candy and could not even pass by the classroom.
Think of the candy as anything you do regularly in your life. Pay close attention to how dependent you are of those things. Come to terms with the frequency at which you do these things.
One of the worst examples I can think of is talking. People who speak too much are often ignored by their perceived audience or thought of as moronic. Patiently waiting for the right opportunities to speak something insightful to the situation is more effective to how others perceive you. Imagine having useful information and not being able to convey it because you have lost others’ trust. Speaking too much weakens the effect your words could have.
Addiction is the Third Party
There is also the case of the child who kept taking and eating the pieces of candy. This child accepted the pieces of candy regardless of the frequent rate at which he was getting them until the teacher began to gift him less candy. This is where his addiction began to manifest. He had become dependent on the candy to be able to function throughout the day.
Now think of talking, eating, smoking or drinking. These are the pieces of candy in many people’s lives. Even simple ordinary things like watching a TV show or being with a certain person can be addictions. Overexposure to anything can make it lose its effect but it can also lead others to become overly dependent on these things.
If I can’t have too much “candy”, then I shouldn’t have “candy” at all, right?
Usually, after indulging in anything for a while, we all know if it’ll become tiring or addictive. It’s our responsibility to recognize our own mind’s way of telling us.
Eat candy responsibly.