Chapter 9 - Table lessons: Eating and the Virtues
Oops - a little late getting this one out!
When is the last time you considered the virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance? I know that for me they don't usually come up in my discussions about what I'm going to eat for dinner! The author does an excellent job of bringing the virtues to the table.
The last two weeks have been a struggle for me since I have a stress fracture in my left leg and am unable to do much. The more I sit with my feet up, the more I want to eat - and I don't mean salads! I crave sugar in a way that I had not while I was still active. Now I can't walk through the work room at work without stopping to see what deliciousness is on the counter and then indulging. The less active I am the more I succumb to gluttony! I am hoping I heal fast and can get back to being active!
The author talked about how if we are having a hard time with one of the virtues to practice it in other areas of your life. I sit here eating my not-so-good-for-me snacks and consider how when I was more active I watched what I ate and made more sensible choices. Now that I can't exercise much I am eating more - I've noticed that exercise gives me energy and when I can't exercise I find my "energy" in other ways. UGH! So maybe I need to go back to the basics of the virtues. Finding that power and energy within me rather than looking outside.
How do you practice these virtues intentionally in life? What are some of your ideas of how you practice prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance?