The last flight I was on I was super hungry! I remember it vividly, probably because I’m hungry right now and didn’t have breakfast. On that last flight I was on with my Eddie I was starving. My stomach was growling. I was irritated and annoyed, extremely hungry. I was so hungry I got angry. I think they call that HANGRY.
Even though I was on a wonderful trip to a destination I wanted to travel to, my enjoyment was on pause because I had neglected to take care of a very important personal need. Feeding my hunger was and is my responsibility! Sometimes we get mad at other people for not feeding us, but unless we are little children who rely on our parents to feed us, we need to grow up and do what’s necessary to feed our own needs. That’s a whole message, but let me stay on track.
This entire idea of traveling HANGRY got me to thinking about how many people are doing the same thing through life. Are you guilty of tripping because you may be HANGRY? Going to work snapping on people because you didn’t eat before you got there. Are you in the habit of leaving home hungry and as a result always short tempered, angry and frustrated?? See, I’m not even limiting this to the natural food we eat, but maybe many of you or the difficult people around you are depressed, anxious, moody and upset all the time because of simply missing out on feeding their spirit, body and soul. You could be spiritually malnourished and even be faithful when it comes to reading your Bible and going to church and praying. That just makes you religious and HANGRY, but if you were being fed from the right source or motivation, you would be full and complete. But if you’re not in agreement in your daily thought life and habits and what you feed your inner man, you may be unable to digest what’s needed for you to stop being HANGRY all the time! Can I get an Amen?!
I got the chance to keep a little baby I love for a few hours the other day and she takes formula from a bottle, but she was smashing those French fries I was sneaking her. And what’s even more interesting is, her brothers said she napped a lot longer than she normally does; and I know it was because she was full off of more than milk. Preach! Some of you are full of it but not full of the right things. You’ll be surprised how much better everything and everyone in your life would be if you got FULL.
So many people are starving in the area of wisdom, substance and depth and they think they need to pretend to be smart and know everything. Someone needs to come along and tell them that it’s ok to be honest and admit you don’t know it all. Pride will keep you HANGRY. Let’s be honest, all of us are lacking in some area. Some people are starved in the area of self esteem and think that the more attention they get from external sources the better off they’ll be. They seek likes on social media and applause from the crowd to fill their void. Maybe these same people overachieve to try and gain more acceptance and approval and yet they still are easily wounded and offended by every little thing. Maybe the more degrees or credentials they get and the more accomplishments they have they think they’ll be better off only to be disappointed that it’s still not enough. It’s like having destination addiction. People who have this addiction are HANGRY all the time and they seem to believe that WHEN THEY GET “THERE” then and only then will they experience real happiness.
Newsflash: If you can’t find contentment where you are today, no amount of money, fame, or success will make you feel complete. Actor Jim Carey who has been very open and vocal about his struggles with mental health said “I wish everyone got all the money, success and fame they dreamed of, so they could see that it’s still not enough.” That’s deep and so good. I really hope some of you catch that.
Can I tell my real life coachable friends that as of today- you are enough! That nothing you do is going to make you valuable when you already are! And until you believe that you will think you need to acquire more stuff on the outside to enjoy peace on the inside. But here’s the hard truth; peace is an inside job. It’s not your spouses job. It’s not your children’s job or family or friends. It’s not the job of anyone else to bring you peace. You’ve got to feed yourself a diet that keeps you FULL and from always becoming upset and HANGRY! It’s not your therapist or pastors job to do the work that are responsible for. And what you’ve got to reconcile in your heart and mind is that peace is your right and it’s your job to find it and keep it. You must pursue peace more than you pursue things and acceptance from man.
It’s all a matter of what you’re hungry for. If you’re hungry for the right things you won’t live this life HANGRY.
Matthew 6:30- 34 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
Stop traveling HANGRY! You will have such a different life when you unlearn your chaotic way of thinking and chase after the right things.
Copyright ©️ Sherry Grant 2019
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