I knew it was a bad idea but I did it anyway

I knew it was a bad idea but I did it anyway
I knew it was a bad idea but I did it anyway.  Consider the lowly “stink bug”.  I wonder if he has issues because of his name?  Think of the bullying on the playground.  “What was he thinking?” when he climbed the toilet paper mountain?  Maybe he thought there was something special on the other side.  The answer to this question is “he wasn’t thinking”.
At both ends of our lives we seem to go through a period of time when we are unable to judge what are good and bad ideas.  Young children have not developed the brain capacity to weigh pros and cons and consider consequences.  Older adults sometimes lose this capacity, again needing assistance.  There are a lot years in between when we are capable and responsible for our decisions.  And still, we sometimes follow bad ideas. 
Note the biblical story of Adam and Eve symbolizing our impulse to do it anyway, even when we know it was a bad idea.  They ate from the only tree in the garden that was verboten.  And the consequences were game changers. 
I believe free-will is a gift and a curse.  Our decisions can based upon self-control or self-destruction.  I frequently face my own tendency to push the envelope.  I don’t like to be told what to do even if I am the one doing the telling.  I fight the impulse to rebel by staying present and considering consequences.  I find safe rebellions.  I presently am wearing toenail polish called “Deviently Daring” allowing me to express my inner rebel in a playful, non-active way. 
I encourage you to carefully consider your decisions based upon “good ideas”.  The rewards are priceless.  In the meantime, don’t climb toilet paper mountains.
If you want to develop strategies for following good ideas, make an appointment with Dr. June.

Written by : June Bond

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