Thursday, December 23, 2010

oh fudge

I'm resolved today to not give in to the neighbor holiday goodies gracing my kitchen counter. Yesterday I wiped out the toffee bars and some fudge remnants. And before the day was out I had polished off the peanut brittle. Today I am reciting all the resist temptation mantras I can think of.

Temptation passes after 10 minutes, just wait it out.

or this one:

It's easier to avoid than it is to resist. Whatev. More like resistance is futile. Seriously, my cravings and attraction to Christmas sugar is Borg-like.

CS weighs in. The other CS. The one with all the wisdom.

"No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all, you find out the strength of the German army by fighting against it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means—the only complete realist."

- C.S. Lewis 'Mere Christianity'

Yet again more wise words from CS Lewis:

It is restraint that gives pleasure all it's meaning.

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