Day Eleven: Well, That is just too easy...
So much thinking yesterday! So excited to rest and take a break from all of that... wait. Today's virtue is what? Temperance. OOOOOOH NOOOOO!!!! That's right ,nieces and nephews. Today we hit it hard. Now some of you are thinking... oh, the last 10 days have been temperance. I get it. Sure, but let's push on. Ready for it to hurt? Let's do this. Skip ahead for a BIG CHALLENGE!
P.S. Here's the Checklist again incase the challenges are getting difficult to remember: #SmartFreedom Challenge Checklist:
No phone while driving (See Day Two).
No phone during meals (whether alone or with others) (See Day Three).
No phone in the bathroom (See Day Four).
No phone for your morning alarm clock (See Day Five).
Complete phonexamination of conscience (See Day Six).
Be Phone Free 1 Hour before bed UNTIL 1 Hour after waking (See Day Seven).
No phone in the presence of other humans (See Day Eight).
#SmartFreedom Rosary (See Day Nine).
After #SmartFreedom Reflection (See Day Ten).
VIRTUE OF THE DAY: Temperance
Here's what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says about the cardinal virtue of Temperance:
CCC 1809 Temperance is the moral virtue that moderates the attraction of pleasures and provides balance in the use of created goods. It ensures the will's mastery over instincts and keeps desires within the limits of what is honorable. The temperate person directs the sensitive appetites toward what is good and maintains a healthy discretion: "Do not follow your inclination and strength, walking according to the desires of your heart." Temperance is often praised in the Old Testament: "Do not follow your base desires, but restrain your appetites." In the New Testament it is called "moderation" or "sobriety." We ought "to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world." To live well is nothing other than to love God with all one's heart, with all one's soul and with all one's efforts; from this it comes about that love is kept whole and uncorrupted (through temperance). No misfortune can disturb it (and this is fortitude). It obeys only [God] (and this is justice), and is careful in discerning things, so as not to be surprised by deceit or trickery (and this is prudence).
In order to truly teach us some moderation--to ensure our will's mastery. We will turn our phones OFF for 4 hours. Here's your modification (which is my favorite part of any exercise video)... today is Friday (assuming you started the same day we all did)... you can opt out of the 4 hours today and turn it off Saturday or Sunday instead... but each day you wait you have to add 30 minutes. So 4 hours today or 4.5 hours tomorrow or 5 hours the day after that. Pick you poison. NOTE: Don't forget to let the people in your life that love you know your phone will be off... otherwise they will be filing police reports before hour 3!