Thursday, June 21, 2012

Just Say No

This quote recently slapped me in the face:
No one who simply eats or drinks when he feels like eating or drinking... or gratifies his curiousity and sensuality whenever they are stimulated, can consider himself a free person.  He has renounced his spiritual freedom and become the servant of bodily impulse.  Therefore his mind and his will are not fully his own. They are under the power of his appetites.  (Thomas Merton, quoted in A Resilient Life)
During the summer camp season I could literally eat all day.  There is food around camp constantly.  And all too often I could be described as the person "who simply eats or drinks when he feels like eating or drinking."  


So inspired by this, I'm going to attempt to tell myself "No" at least once daily.  Maybe to an extra cup of coffee or a cookie or something else.  


Think of it as practice.  Say No to the little things now so it is easier to refuse bigger temptations later.

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