Focus: Temperance

I’ve decided to spend time focusing on each of the seven heavenly virtues and their counterparts. Thanks to my last post and my low bank balance, I’ve decided to start with a virtue I have a hard time with: temperance.

I’m impulsive with money and little things. I have a hard time going to Wal-Mart or somewhere similar and coming out with only what I intended to purchase. Same with groceries. Heck, I’ll invent reasons to go out: “Ooh, I need a notebook!” No, I don’t. I just want one.

A new baby, car repairs, and thinking like this is why my bank balance is what it is at the moment.

I’m going to add sections to GH about each pair: temperance/gluttony, chastity/lust, charity/greed, diligence/sloth, patience (peace)/wrath, kindness/envy, and humility/pride. I’m also going to add something about grace, if I can remember what I originally wanted to say about it. (Time for more prayer — “Dear Lord, what was I talking about?”)

I’ve got more of a fire under me now, also, thanks to a quotation I stumbled upon earlier in the weekend. “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” — Pablo Picasso. It’s made me rethink how I spend my time and what I spend my time on. The sense of urgency it’s imparted to my days is very noticeable.

Time to write!

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