It’s easy to see, temperance; the opposite of excess. It’s easy to understand too: apply discipline to the moment, as needed, to further the positive outcome.

At least that’s how I’m defining it.

And so I seek to experience, but not too much,

I strive not to shy away from suffering, if the cause is worthy,

I strive for more of what’s good for me, what will sustain me,

I strive for experiences that will further who I am, how I am, for myself and others,

And when behaviors or things or circumstances arise that call for temperance, self-discipline,

I seek balance, that I do not forsake myself for causes less worthy, things less worthy,

Let this be the more true statement,

I seek balance, with temperance as the primary tool.

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