When You Don’t Pack Your Lunch

I didn’t pack my lunch today. Now, I find myself in my office at Penn State. I’m hungry!

With no lunch and students arriving for office hours, I’m drawn to my candy bowl reserved for students. I take note of the old candy left over from Halloween at the very bottom of the bowl. It’s probably expired. Who cares? Even that looks delicious when you’re hungry. Next, I take note of the mini granola bars. I consider how I can eat every last one since my hunger has grown by the minute. I will eat them like an animal!

I might have avoided all this with a simple packed lunch. What silly decisions we make if we allow ourselves to get too hungry–or too anything. Living with flair means we know how to stave off that which will overtake us if we let it.

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