Perhaps the single most important virtue that is teased out of us through contemplating what man’s proclivities’ principle wisdom should be, is Temperance.
On Divine Love……
“I define love thus: The will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth……..Since I am human and you are human, to love humans means to love myself as well as you. To be dedicated to human spiritual development is to be dedicated to the race of which we are a part, and this therefore means dedication to our own development as well as “theirs.” ~M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled
“It is a queer thing. In a time of great need, when powerful leadership is demanded, the people – confused and excited – hear only the strident voices of the audacious, and refuse to listen to the voice of wisdom which, being wise, is temperate.” ~Lloyd C. Douglas, The Robe
“Keep your best wishes, close to your heart and watch what happens.” ~Tony Deliso, Legacy: The Power Within
“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” ~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful!’ and sitting in the shade.” ~Rudyard Kipling, Complete Verse
“It is not who will eat beans, but who will pick it that is scarce.” ~Magnus Nwagu Amudi
“It is hard work to control the workings of inclination and turn the bent of nature; but that it may be done, I know from experience. God has given us, in a measure, the power to make our own fate: and when our energies seem to demand a sustenance they cannot get — when our will strains after a path we may not follow — we need neither starve from inanition, not stand still in despair: we have but to seek another nourishment for the mind, as strong as the forbidden fruit it longed to taste — and perhaps purer; and to hew out for the adventurous foot a road as direct and broad as the one Fortune has blocked up against us, if rougher than it.” ~Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.
“Keep in mind, hurting people often hurt other people as a result of their own pain. If somebody is rude and inconsiderate, you can almost be certain that they have some unresolved issues inside. They have some major problems, anger, resentment, or some heartache they are trying to cope with or overcome. The last thing they need is for you to make matters worse by responding angrily.” ~Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential
“That’s what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.” ~Simone de Beauvoir
“Because when you love something, you want to do it all the time, even if no one is paying you for it.” ~Meg Cabot, All-American Girl
“People who love themselves come across as very loving, generous and kind; they express their self-confidence through humility, forgiveness, and inclusiveness.” ~Sanaya Roman, Living with Joy: Keys to Personal Power and Spiritual Transformation
“These are the few ways we can practice humility:
To speak as little as possible of one’s self.
To mind one’s own business.
Not to want to manage other people’s affairs.
To avoid curiosity.
To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully.
To pass over the mistakes of others.
To accept insults and injuries.
To accept being slighted, forgotten, and disliked.
To be kind and gentle even under provocation.
Never to stand on one’s dignity.
To choose always the hardest.” ~Mother Teresa, The Joy in Loving: A guide to Daily Living
On Service (to others)…….
“Spiritually evolved people, by virtue of their discipline, mastery and love, are people of extraordinary competence, and in their competence they are called on to serve the world, and in their love they answer the call. They are inevitably, therefore, people of great power, although the world may generally behold them as quite ordinary people, since more often than not they will exercise their power in quiet or even hidden ways. Nonetheless, exercise power they do, and in this exercise they suffer greatly, even dreadfully. For to exercise power is to make decisions, and the process of making decisions with total awareness is often infinitely more painful than making decisions with limited or blunted awareness (which is the way most decisions are made and why they are ultimately proved wrong.)” ~M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled