Here are a couple of ways people fall are ensnared into temptation:
- Overeating, or eating too much of those foods they know aren't good for them
- Drinking in excess
- Taking illegal drugs
- Abusing prescription drugs
- Becoming addicted to pornography
- Spending money recklessly
- Gambling without restraint
- Engaging in extramarital affairs
- An uncontrollable urge to sleep with hookers
Far too many of us continue to do things we know aren't good for us in the long run and get in trouble with friends, family, partners, or even the law as a result.
One of the things I impress the most upon my readers is the fact that life is all about achieving balance. One must strive to achieve some level of restraint or else they risk digging a hole that can be very difficult to get out of. Unfortunately, too few of us have the foresight to say, "I better not do this, because I don't want to deal with the negative consequences that might follow."
People demand instant gratification, and technology has made it easy to get what we want, when we want. We can have groceries delivered on the same day we purchase them (Amazon.com), sleep with someone on the same day we meet them (Craigslist.org), and so forth. Just a couple of decades back, it was more difficult to become tempted into doing something because information wasn't as readily available. Technology has, in essence, facilitated many of these human vices. The internet itself acts as an enabler.
Willpower should never be underestimated. In theory, many of us would love to pig out every day or sleep with multiple partners. But, as the saying goes, too much of something ends up being a bad thing. Self-control helps keep you balanced. It is something we should all aim for each and every day of our lives.
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