Virtue of the Week: Self-Control

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.Thomas Jefferson
Teenage boys, goaded by their surging hormones run in packs like the primal horde. They have only a brief season of exhilarating liberty between control by their mothers and control by their wives.Camille Paglia

MEANINGLESS GOALS

A farmer had a dog who used to sit by the roadside waiting for vehicles to come around. As soon as one came he would run down the road, barking and trying to overtake it. One day a neighbor asked the farmer “Do you think your dog is ever going to catch a car?” The farmer replied, “That is not what bothers me. What bothers me is what he would do if he ever caught one.” Many people in life behave like that dog who is pursuing meaningless goals.


SPOKEN WORDS CAN’T BE RETRIEVED

A farmer insulted his neighbor. Realizing his mistake, he went to the preacher to ask for forgiveness. The preacher told him to take a bag of feathers and drop them in the center of town. The farmer did as he was told. Then the preacher asked him to go and collect the feathers and put them back in the bag. The farmer tried but couldn’t as the feathers had all blown away. When he returned with the empty bag, the preacher said, “The same thing is true about your words. You dropped them rather easily but you cannot retrieve them, so be very careful in choosing your words.”


Self-Control Quiz

I control how I react to situations and events. Yes_____ No _____
I control who I associate with. Yes_____ No _____
I control what I choose to read. Yes_____ No _____
I control what I do. Yes_____ No _____
I control what I think about. Yes_____ No _____
I control the positive or negative relationships I’m in. Yes_____ No _____
I control what I eat. Yes_____ No _____
I control my perspective of the future. Yes_____ No _____
I control my positive or negative self-talk. Yes_____ No _____
I control my goal setting, determination and enthusiasm. Yes_____ No _____
I control how I react to others. Yes_____ No _____
I control what I learn and which new things I will try. Yes_____ No _____
I control what life lessons my failures teach me. Yes_____ No _____
I control how I view new opportunities and change. Yes_____ No _____
I control how I handle anxiety and frustration. Yes_____ No _____