This week on MKE, we were introduced to the Benjamin Franklin Virtues Makeover. One of the requirements was to read his autobiography to see how he developed his 13 Virtues. How he lived his life was pretty extraordinary because his focus on developing the virtues in his life, made him the great person he was. It was all about self-control and mastering habits and behaviors that made him a better person for himself and for others.
For our assignment we were asked to choose one of the virtues and focus on that for the week, looking out for the occurrences and adding them to the Franklin Makeover Sheet. Because what we think about grows, and awareness of the particular virtue would enable us to see it more often. I found this to be true. It made me remember that many years ago when I was trying to determine which vehicle I would purchase, I one day saw a particular model that I liked. I determined that I would purchase that particular model etc. The strangest thing that happened was that because I became aware of the one I wanted, I started seeing them more and more on the street- something I had not observed before.
The virtue I chose for this week was, Self-control. I chose this virtue because as I am actualizing my Dharma, I realize that self-control is what I am needing daily to remain consistent and true. My PPN- True Health, especially needs a lot of self control applied so I can reach my ideal weight. Self-control for resisting those late night snacks, making sure I get daily exercise and not coach sitting and movie watching during these isolation times, and just plain self-control to resist procrastination.
So, how did I do with this virtue all week? To be honest, there were days when I forgot to look out for situations of self-control in/with others and myself. I, however was aware few times when I desired that big bag of Dorito Nacho Cheese chips I had in my pantry, but instead had a handful of nuts, or ate an orange. ‘Starving my shortcomings to death’ and keeping negative self-talk at bay was an ongoing process for me all week when I tried to fit into clothes I had in my closet and realizing they could not. I remember not turning on the TV as I got up(something I am prone to doing), but instead tackled my chores etc, or did something of value/benefit. I saw the Law of Growth and the Law of Substitution being active as I worked through these activities requiring self-control.
Again, we are the choices that we make, and every time I exercise self-control I remember that there are always consequences connected whether they are good or bad. My True Health PPN-the physical aspect being the focus now is undergirded with Master Key 15:8 which states, ” That we reap what we sow is mathematically exact. We gain permanent strength to the extent of the effort required to overcome difficulties.” My date for achieving my “ideal” weight is 3/23/21. With this date in mind, I am believing with OG Mandino, when he states in Scroll IV- “ Nevermore will I be satisfied with yesterday’s accomplishments… I can accomplish far more than I have, and I will…Why can I not extend that miracle to my deeds today?.. I am nature’s greatest miracle!”
I always keep my Promises!