The Way of Self Control

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It is not the truth that earns us punishment, it is our guilt and the subsequent confession that earns the most rebuke.

From thence, should we not repent but repeat, it is the duty of others to correct us.

But the longer our guilt lies suppressed, uncontested, and allowed to exist, our behavior will not relent.

We must find honesty, confession, repentance, and contrition. We must replace our guilt with humility and self-acceptance if we are ever to maintain self control.

In remembering our weakness, our contrition will lead to recognition, this awareness will lead to compassion as we will inevitably see our weakness in others.

Immediately or eventually, we see the way to correct their behavior, and by this realization, discover the way to correct ourselves.

This is the way of self control.

Your Path, Your Power

It’s time. It’s always been time.

Choose this day whom you will serve. 

Once and for all.

Do not wait to be given a leader, they’ll force themselves on you with easily manufactured persuasive language. 

They only promise you the path they are on, which may not be Right just because it is Best. If someone is offering you a path to serve, be sure you have been serving the path already but cannot do it alone. 

Precommitment is a Prerequisite. Like boarding a train or an Uber. Hold on to your destination like you’re paying for it. 

Lost? Get to the nearest stop, and find a path you remember. You can also go back where you started. Keep going until you find a path you agree with. Even a path you remember that pleases you.

If you’re having a crisis of conscience and don’t know which path to take, then consider you may only be weighing a few options. Get. More. Options.

If you can’t see more options, someone else can. If you’re surrounded by imbeciles, it could be an opportunity to educate someone or take the obvious route toward finding smarter people. Too smart to remember moral solutions and they may need a reminder of what’s important.

Remember: you can always rely on your memories. Unless you have brain damage or use brain damaging substances. Then you are blind to your senses, especially those of balance, navigation, and logic. All tools a captain needs. You’re the captain, of your own ship, on this big ocean of life.

I leave you with a passage from the Bible. Not to preach at you, but to further display the point. You do not want to be lost, you don’t want to be found lost, you want a path you love, a path you recognize, a path to follow out of your sense of choice in the matter. From a position of power.

Be powerful.

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15; Holy Bible, King James Version)