That ice cream may taste good, but if
you eat it every single day, you won't
feel so great.
On the other hand, it may seem like
the worst idea possible to go for a walk
when you're favorite TV show is on,
but once you make it a habit, you'll
feel pretty good.
And that "good feeling" that comes
from doing things that aren't so great
in the now, but build up, is a much,
much different "good feeling" from
doing those things in the present.
Those "present only" good feelings
(like sleeping in, eating cheeseburgers
for breakfast etc) are pure pleasure.
There's no feeling of accomplishment
built in. These pure-pleasure feelings
come from the outside.
On the other hand, that feeling you get
when waking up early every morning
has become a habit, or going for a
walk at night instead of eating ice
cream is a good feeling that comes
from within, and is based on your own
accomplishments and actions.
One of the ways this paradox
manifests itself is when we want
somebody to "tell us what to do."
Sure, you can learn the basic structure,
just like you can learn how exercise
and healthy foods will help you get in
shape. But the SPECIFIC exercises, and
the SPECIFIC food, are up to you to