Donuts! To quote Homer Simpson. “Is there anything they can’t do?”
Well Homer, there are probably things they can do, such as being one of the most potently bad foods you can eat! However, this post isn’t about eating donuts, it’s about the ‘Zen’ behind the donut! Yep, Zen and donuts in one fell swoop!
So when you have a donut, what do you look at? Is it the colour to decide the flavor? You know, like pink for strawberry, brown for chocolate, green for…actually, I’m not quite sure what colour green represents, but you can be pretty sure it’s nothing to do with Vegetables!
What else? What about sprinkles, or the hundreds and thousands, or possibly cinnamon sugar? And of course the filling – jam, or chocolate, or custard, or perhaps just none at all?
Basically you’re looking at all the alluring aspects of the donut. You’re completely focused on what makes the donut so tempting, which is all the good stuff!
But…what makes a donut? Is it just the colour, the sprinkles and the filling? These are all part of it, but what really makes a donut, a donut?
…this post isn’t about eating donuts,
it’s about the ‘Zen’ behind the donut!
The hole. Yep, that little circular void of nothingness in between all the good stuff. Without the hole, the donut isn’t a donut. It’s just a…well…another pastry, or worse, like a sweet bread role. No where near as much fun as a donut! But, it’s that empty hole that defines it!
So what’s so zen about this? Let me answer this from two perspectives – one from a Health and Fitness perspective, the other from a Life perspective (yep, taking big bites in this post!).
Health and Fitness – without the hard work, the hours spent physically training, the weaning yourself off of the ‘bad’ foods (yep, like donuts), then you won’t get the results you’re after. These results are sleeping better, having more energy, looking fitter and therefore healthier, getting compliments from friends and recognition from strangers. The looking and feeling better part is the ‘donut’; the ‘hole’ is the hard work, the part that other people don’t see!
…what makes the good things ‘good’,
are the less than good things!
Life – what makes the good things ‘good’, are the less than good things! So when you are having a bad day, or a bad week, or month etc, you know that won’t last forever (although sometimes it may feel like it). It’s the ‘hole’ your experiencing, that bit in the middle of your life, in fact everyone’s life at some stage or another, that is there to make you focus on the ‘donut’ (the good stuff)! Need more encouragement? Bronnie Ware (1), author of Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A life transformed by the dearly departed (2), states one of the biggest 5 regrets from dying patients is “That I’d let myself be happier”!
Without the hole, the donut just isn’t the donut!
Now go do a workout, and reward yourself with a small gluten-free, sugar-free donut – including the hole!
(2) Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A life transformed by the dearly departed, Hay House, 2011.