TO: Men all over the planet
RE: Those seven sins
DATE: January 2, 2013
Boys, remember how I revealed that I'm not that innocent last year? Well, I must confess: That was only part of the truth; it certainly wasn't the whole truth. The more I thought about it, the more I discovered the other truth about myself: I'm guilty of most of those cardinal sins.
Lust. Greed. Pride. Sloth. Envy. Wrath. Gluttony.
They’re all there, and cover the gamut of life. While I'm not a religious person, there's no denying the fact that I have fallen victim to a few of them. And in the interest of full disclosure, I thought it only fair that you know. About all of it. There’s no escaping them, really. So, I give you my take on those seven sins (remember that Brad Pitt movie?)...
I’ve never been a very lustful person. Actually, it’s not even really my sin of choice. But ask any teenager on this big planet of ours about this topic, and you’ll see first-hand just what a lusty bunch they can be. I assume newlyweds can be put in the same group. See, I really don’t know much about lust.
A movie once proclaimed that, “Greed is good.” I’m not so sure about that. Greed, I’d say, is more like one of those great dividers. Greed makes people even greener around the gills with envy (Don’t worry; I’ll be getting to our good old friend envy in a few paragraphs). Greed is the sort of thing that gets you into the want, want, want zone, seemingly incapable of climbing or crawling (or even buying!) your way out. So beware of that greed.
Now, I’ve never understood how or why pride ever found its way onto a list of sins. My parents raised me with a healthy (some may even call it unhealthy) sense of self-esteem. Why not take pride in who you are and what you do? Isn’t that sort of the natural order of things?
I’ll be the first to admit that I do suffer from a bit of sloth. I like to call it being meticulous -- very, very meticulous -- in my selection of what I choose to do with my time. Some might call it laziness. I call it proper planning. You should note, boys, that this does not apply to my work. I love my work. I could work all day, every day if I could.
Wrath. Anger seems to ooze so easily from some people. And more often than not, this anger goes along with a very negative and pessimistic outlook on the world. If I’ve learned anything in the last few years, it’s that you have to let that anger go. Just let it fly away like a red balloon. Because, in the end, it’s not worth it.
I like to think of envy as one of the most universal ones. We’ve all been jealous of others at one time in our lives. Jealous of the guy with the fancy Ferrari. The co-worker who gets the promotion. It’s an easy trap to fall into, and, if we’re not careful, it could send us spiraling down that trap and into greed’s open arms.
I saved my sin for last, the one I suffer from the most. Gluttony. For me, this comes in the form of good food and delicious sweets. Some women turn into the most light of eaters around me -- you can rest assured that I'll never do that, boys.
P.S. But, remember, I'll still be careful about marriage, won't take dating lightly, will embrace growing up and never forget the power of saying three little words.
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[Photos via We Heart It]