Therefore, every Monday for the next 13 weeks I will be referencing the particular virtue to concentrate on for that week. If you’d like to join me, please feel free to subscribe to the blog feed or subscribe via email and we can go through the process together.
So then, without further ado let’s not mess around let’s get right to it!
Self improvement plan – Week 1 Virtue: Temperance
Franklin refers to temperance as “Eat not to dullness and drink not to elevation”.
This makes total sense to me as a self improvement virtue. I know that when I give in to the occasional temptation to overeat, I am miserable about 15-30 minutes later and I do not feel like doing much of anything. Food is supposed to energize us .. not the opposite!
So by consciously avoiding eating to the point of “dullness”, we can tap in to the energy our food is designed to give us and go about our day being fully productive and industrious. As a side benefit, we may even lose a few pounds!
With regards to the second part of Franklin’s definition of temperance, I do not drink at all myself. Franklin was – as am I - very aware of the crippling effect that alcohol can have on a person’s productivity and motivation. So, if you decide to drink please limit your intake to one or two drinks maximum to avoid getting to the point of elevation. This will help you keep your edge.
So then, temperance is our battle cry for the coming week. Good luck, and feel free to join the discussion via your comments!
Best to you,