Temperance: Eat not to dullness. Drink not to elevation.
Happy New Year! The first day, and the first virtue. This might have been a good idea to publish yesterday, before New Year’s Eve. But what better time to start than today?
I think Temperance can have a financial aspect as well. In the book, Shawn sees Rick order the cheapest thing on the menu, and water. You can save a lot – money, calories, weight – by ordering water!
Two years ago today, after ice fishing with a medical doctor, we stopped at a fast food joint to grab lunch. He ordered water. He said that he’d just read an interesting medical article that said something to the effect that if you are a regular soda drinker, just count on an extra 10 pounds of weight to haul around. If you are a regular diet soda drinker, you can count on an extra 15 pounds.
Have a Happy New Year, tempered with self-control!