Isn’t that we don’t have any. It’s bountiful within each and every one of us, yet completely underutilized. Why? I don’t know! Self-control is right at our fingertips, but how many of us use it?
We don’t go to the gym because we don’t feel like it. We eat the cookie because we want it. We don’t stay sober because it’s too hard. We yell instead of use diplomacy because yelling feels better.
Sigh. I still have hope for us as a species.
Look, I’m not suggesting I’m the role model of perfection here, I have a history of destruction and loss behind me. It’s just become all too clear that a lot of folks act as though they’re at the mercy of emotions, whims and cravings when they’re not – they just relinquish control to these impulses. Self-control has always been and is always an option.