I Admit: I am Guilty as Charged!
As we enter the High Holiday season of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we are supposed to introspect upon the previous year, correct our misgivings, and demonstrate to the Almighty that we are interested in moving in a positive direction. On Yom Kippur we spend this holy day by refraining from food and drink, as well as verbally annulling our sins and shortcomings.
Well folks, I admit it, I drink caffeine…not 5 cups of coffee a day, but I’d be lying to say that I don’t enjoy the “kicker” a nice cup of caffeinated soda such as Coke Zero (a personal favorite) or a steaming Chai Latte (FYI: I like this drink because of its taste and aroma, not because it means Life in Hebrew) brings to my system. And yet, after reading this article from The New York Times on the health effects of caffeine, in which studies show that at 320 milligrams per 16 ounces, a Starbucks Grande coffee has over four times the 80 milligrams of caffeine of a Red Bull Energy Drink, it made me think twice about my daily consumption of caffeine, and its long term effects. In fact, this article left such an impression upon me, that I bolted from my chair and asked my wife, Tziporah, to help make sure that I start drinking less of the stuff…
Which got me thinking?
How many times in life do we continue a habit that we know or have read of the fact that this action is detrimental to the health of our relationships with our Creator, our friends, or even family, and we don’t stop to think twice and ask ourselves, “how can we modify our behavior?” What do you think?