Last week I went for a walk in Golden Gate Park, something I’ve really been enjoying lately.
It was around 4 o’clock when I was winding down and noticed that I was hungry.
I had big dinner plans at 6 the kind you want to show up to ready to eat heartily, but I was hungry at 4.
This was not convenient and it got me thinking about the inconvenience of hunger.
Whether for food, play, freedom, rest, or relationship – our hungers don’t care about what we’re doing or what our grand plan is for life. Our hungers almost always have a new plan for us.
Here were my options: deny my pre-dinner grumblings and be gnawed at and cranky – or – eat something, potentially taking away some of my precious appetite for dinner.
I could resist or I could surrender. In fact, I could choose either option with the energy of resistance or the energy of surrender. The color of my experience depended on my attitude.
So I ate. It wasn’t part of the perfect master plan, but it was my body’s plan. My body and I have a pretty good thing going, so I do my best to heed it’s call.
In my work I often see my clients resisting their true hungers because they aren’t convenient. To feed them would disrupt the status quo. To feast would mean taking off the mask, or being more vulnerable in relationship, or leaving the secure job, or not meeting the deadline. It would mean change and change brings the unknown.
Here’s the thing though: our hungers aren’t here for our convenience. They are here to tell us what is most needed now for our body, heart, and spirit’s well-being.
This is also the difference between easy and ease. It’s easy to keep doing what we’re doing. It’s easy not to ruffle feathers.
But it’s ease that we’re given when we’re deeply fed. It’s ease that we feel when we stop resisting what’s calling us – be that an afternoon snack or to pick up a paintbrush.
Our hungers don’t promise to be convenient, they promise, when followed, to lead us where we need to go. to lead us to a well-fed life.
Do you have an inconvenient hunger?
Where are you choosing easy over ease?
Has there been a time when your hunger’s plan was better than your own?