Virtue of the Week: Temperance

Friends,
Temperance might not be popular, but it is good for us!

Here is a great little video on temperance: 8 Laws of Health | 07 Temperance

Temperance
Control Over Our Emotions
SLAVE OR MASTER
(to our emotions) (of our emotions)

 

“The Wolves Within”

An old Grandfather, whose son came to him with disgust having slipped back into a habitual vice, said, “Let me tell you a story. I too, at times, have fell victim to the weakness of excess consumption. But this battle wears you down, and more often than not in the end you slip again. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times.” He continued, “It is as if there are two wolves inside me; one is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him and has learned to resist temptation. He will only give into his emotions when it is right to do so, and in the right way.” “But the other wolf, ah! He is full of hunger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of passion. He constantly searches for more satisfaction. He cannot think because his desires for satiation are so great. It is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit.”

The son looked intently into his Grandfather’s eye and asked, “Which one wins, Grandfather?”

The Grandfather solemnly said, “The one I feed.”