Temptation is a desire to engage in short-term urges for enjoyment, that threatens long-term goals. Weak or subtle temptations, in comparison to strong or obvious temptations, can lead to a greater loss of self-control...
"Temptation is a desire to engage in short-term urges for enjoyment, that threatens long-term goals. Weak or subtle temptations, in comparison to strong or obvious temptations, can lead to a greater loss of self-control...
Imagine that you could never again watch a cloud drift through the sky. Then go out and watch one, live and in person, brimming with gratitude for the chance to be.
"Imagine that you could never again watch a cloud drift through the sky. Then go out and watch one, live and in person, brimming with gratitude for the chance to be.
God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise,
"God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise,
and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong . . . "
“You can find the good in what seems to be the most horrible thing in the world. . . . God tells us that in all misfortunes we must seek the good. . . . Acting hopeless is easy. The real challenge is to hope.” --Catholic Book of Devotions
Still Life by Skip Hollandsworth
In 1973, the whole country was gripped by the tragic story of John McClamrock, a high school football player paralyzed during a violent tackle. But after the newspapers moved on, another story was quietly unfolding, one of courage, perseverance, and a mother’s fierce love.
"Whatever you’re giving away in age you’re gaining in wisdom…
“You don’t need to be 25 years old to have your greatest performance,” says seven-time mountain bike world champion Rebecca Rusch, who, at age 47, was part of the third party ever to summit Mount Kilimanjaro via bike. “I’m still improving and having some of the best days of my career. I may not be as strong or have the same VO2 max as when I was younger, but wisdom is the great equalizer. I’m smarter about things like nutrition and race tactics, and I have a special self-knowledge that only results from years of experience.”
"A no regrets fling with a young man, with a much younger man . . . wasn't that the kind of thing that older women who were about to marry even older men did?
-John Irving, A WIDOW FOR ONE YEAR protagonist author Ruth Cole
“What had changed about the red-light district, since Ruth’s previous visit to Amsterdam, was that so many of the prostitutes were not white . . . almost all the women were Asian—probably Thais . . . Indeed, they were Thais, Maarten told her. He also told her that some of them had been formerly men, they’d allegedly had their sex-change operations in Cambodia.”
—Mr. John Irving, A WIDOW FOR ONE YEAR
Pay attention only to those things that genuinely matter to you, as opposed to the things that other people say should matter to you. You cannot change the world, nor should you want to, but you can change yourself for the better.
There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?