You cannot get rats addicted to cocain if they live in their natural environment. They can only get rats to be addicted to cocain if they are isolated in a cage. ~JORDAN PETERSON

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matt 11:28–30, MSG)

Dopamine Gratification is available in the environment of being at rest. Not settling just stop fighting it. Be still look around and count your blessings. And look up in gratitude. The rest is “you’re OK” in the midst of chaos. Unforced rhythms of Grace is like serendipity. You didn’t work for it. It just happens. C.S Lewis calls it surprised by joy.

Illicit drugs flow in Palau like water. Someone is getting rich while our children are drowning in qdrug abuse. Domestic violence is rampant. We need to ask: Is our environment more like a prison cell than being our natural habitat with nature of trees and ocean? Something is either missing or suffocating our kids like those mice isolated in a cage easily manipulated.

Scientists say “Balancing instant gratification versus delayed but better gratification is important for optimizing survival and reproductive success. Although delayed gratification has been studied through human psychological and brain activity monitoring and animal research, little is known about its neural basis”.

I was watching a young beautiful woman eating somewhere in Instanbul, Turkey. She was promoting travel. The kabob, the meatballs, their versions of pizza. For dessert she had baklava loaded with pistachios, dripping with sugar. My memory tortured my soul for awhile. I remember exactly how delicious they are! I could taste every bite. Ak meral ngemokel. I guess eng ngmengurs a ngurd.

Delayed gratification can be achieved. It’s been researched and they have successfully trained mice to perform a waiting-for-water-reward. Elik alsekum a beab a sebechel mengiil so can I. Knowing how to delay pleasure in an effort to serve a more important and gratifying goal makes all the difference in achieving that goal.

When we don’t know what to do we fix our eyes on our HIGHER POWER. And do the fluid dance of surrender. Lord I’m powerless… HELP.

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