Rationalization, how I love thee. I wonder if this is an American term. Do we as Americans feel a puritan need to rationalize what we consider indulgences? I come home tired and stressed out and I tell myself I ate a small lunch, this chocolate won’t hurt my diet. I am trying to pay off my credit cards but I need to get some exercise equipment so I can stop my lower half from turning into a trunk. After work and the weekend are my peak rationalization periods. I am so tired, no one is here but myself, I really don’t need to wash these dishes tonight. How is going to know or care? I really do try to fight the little rationalizations that come to mind constantly. The grocery lines are so full and I really only have a few items over 20. The other car really has the right away but they are not paying any attention so I can just go. I am usually successful in fighting these.
The powerful ones are the ones that start with I really deserve this, who can go to a movie with getting popcorn and a drink? Even the loud voice inside me screaming it cost a frickin’ $20.00 bucks just for that, I rationalize that I rarely go to a movie. Come one, I deserve this indulgence. Going inside a WalMart is a trip down rationalization lane, this is on sale and last Christmas wanted to cook that casserole for work and didn’t have the right size. I’ll buy it now and have it for next Christmas or so I rationalize. There are so many items that I suddenly realize I can’t live without and they just cost a few dollars. It’s no big deal I rationalize.
Clothing is always a temptation. Why is everything always on sale? That sweater will be perfect for work I will think forgetting I have 3 hanging at work right now. That is the funniest tee shirt I ever saw, I have to get that. Alabama just won the National Championship, I need one of those for sure. And my Saints s tee is getting faded and I want to show my pride loud and proud. Rationalize, rationalize and more rationalization.
I remember the movie The Big Chill and the line that said something like no one can live a week without a rationalization. I have to blush because I don’t think I live more than a few days without one. Oh well, I am just human. I have to stop being so hard on myself. I am a pretty decent person and no one is perfect, are they?