Habits vs. Addictions

26 May

I have started a new habit that just may be bordering an addiction.

Every time I go into the commissary (military grocery store), I pick up a package of sushi. Regardless of whether I go in to buy 1 item or 89, I just cannot seem to resist this freshly made treat.

My selections almost always consist of shrimp or crab, but sometimes I will throw in a wild card and get salmon. However, there is always avocado. Frankly, there cannot be sushi without avocado. That would just be silly and unheard of.

I didn’t always do this though. I mean I liked their sushi and would get it from time to time, but now, it is a must. There is never a question of whether or not I will get sushi, it is merely a question of which variation will I find and eat.

This new requirement got me thinking about habits. According to dictionary.com, a habit is an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary or a customary practice/use. I think my recent regularity of commissary sushi purchases would indeed fit these descriptions.

I think most people would agree that you can have good habits, and bad ones. I would have to say eating sushi a few times a month would fall into the good category. When I first started to write this though, I referred to this new routine as an addiction since I do it automatically now, every time I go into the store. However, when I looked up the definition of addiction, it didn’t quite fit. According to dictionary.com, an addiction is the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma. Hhhhmmmm. Yeah, I like sushi after my commissary trips, but I wouldn’t say that I am enslaved to it, and I certainly don’t think I will fall down in physical convulsions if I don’t eat it after one commissary trip.

Now, I might agree that it is psychologically habit forming to some extent though. I get simple, yet utter satisfaction eating my little treat after my shopping trip, and look forward to it quite honestly. Isn’t that what most habits, the good ones anyway, are for though-to bring us comfort, happiness and pleasure? (And in this case, there is the bonus of protein too!) It is all those little habits in our lives that build our routines. It is all those little moments that give our day substance. And, it is all those little moments that pull us through hard times. These are not the case for bad habits and certainly not addictions. Well, I suppose an addiction could pull you through a hard time, but in the long run, it is not a helpful thing.

Bad habits may not rank up there with addictions, but they certainly don’t help people either. Procrastination makes us stress out and unprepared. Smoking damages are lungs and costs us money. Overeating helps us gain weight. The list goes on and on as we all have at least some bad habits. The bottom line is, like Benjamin Franklin said, your good habits need to outweigh the bad.

“Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.”

That’s a bit harsh Ben. However, I have heard the truth hurts. And if I think about it….After I subtract my bad habits of overeating, multitasking, saying yes to everyone, not getting enough sleep, refusing to read instructions and procrastinating on big tasks, I think all I am left with is … my habit of eating commissary sushi.

Not sure that is a remarkable net worth to the world, but hey, at least me and the sushi maker man are supporting each other’s contributions, and that right there has made the world just a bit brighter for us both:)


For Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Challenger’s Choice (Food Photography).



17 thoughts on “Habits vs. Addictions

    • It’s hard not too. I bring it home every couple of weeks and actually share it with my boyfriend. And we have two kinds with some goyza. But most times, I hoard it to myself in my car, lol.

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        • I used to think it was gross before I tried it. Then, I lived in Hawaii and made a great friend who made me try it. Now I love it. Though she says I love the “round-eye” sushi more she still loves me, lol. (She is Hawaiian/Philippina so she would know my limited selection.)

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          • Ha, Ha! I have Thai daughters. I totally understand. I had a friend from Okinawa who taught me how to make it. I just don’t have the time. It’s easier to buy it from the commissary! 😛

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            • I took one sushi making class. Wow-it requires a lot of prep. Fun if you were feeding a bunch of people. However, it was just for a roll or two…yeah, commissary here I come! Yeah, I love my girl from Hawaii. We deployed to Bosnia together back in 2002 and have been friends ever since. This all reminds me, I need to give her a call and check on her…and get some sushi after work!

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  1. Hahahh! I totally enjoyed this post, and that quote is something! What’s funny is, I just wrote a post about smoking addictions earlier (well, not directly. I just infused it into an episode in an ongoing series), and reading this made me think “ah, what a coincidence!”

    And Lol! To think that your sushi eating habit is your net worth to the world– that’s just you being modest, I know. Hahha! Lovely and interesting post Nato. And truthfully, sometimes, the two words “habits” and “addictions” get tricky and confusing, but your analysis is just apt!

    Thank you for sharing. Let me go now and muse on my habits and addictions, and too, my net worth to the world 😀

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    • I am so glad you enjoyed it:) Yeah, I think there is a find line between bad habits and addictions. And it’s interesting to look at your life like a bank account….man, I need one of those life coaches, aka bank manager, to help me out!

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  2. I think the habit vs. addiction idea is interesting … but … I’m more intrigued by this. My dad was Air Force. I spent a significant amount of my childhood at commissaries. I’m pretty damn sure there was no sushi back then! Not that I would have eaten it even if the commissaries stocked it. 😉

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    • Oh, they have a sushi section and a (sometimes even two) sushi chef actually back there making it! I get what my Hawaiian friend says is “round-eye sushi” but so be it, I like it:)


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