What makes it easier to resist temptation: a proper bringing up, a sound set of values, or witnesses?
A single indiscretion can ruin the reputation of a lifetime. Sometimes it is our reputation, sometimes it is the family name. Other times it is our business, or our employer's business. Which of the three factors above help you to resist temptation, and thus keep a clean reputation.
Here are some quotes to inspire you:
"Lead me not into temptation: I can find the way myself." Rita Mae Brown
"Most people want to be delivered from temptation, but would like it to keep in touch." Robert Orben
"Reputation is character minus what you've been caught doing." Michael Lapoce, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Boardroom
Closing Statement from Mary M.
First of all, I was inspired to ask this question after coming across the following quote:
"Nothing makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper bringing up, a sound set of values, and witnesses."
-----Franklin P. Jones
After reading all the comments it is interesting that some realized that it is a combination of factors that help us resist temptations. Some feared revealing what they found tempting. Others expressed that it is natural to yield to temptation, since it is difficult not to.
Temptations are really different for everyone. It is a personal thing. I am not tempted by certain things that my friends struggle with daily. It is not a matter of control, it is a matter of desires of the heart. I desire one thing, they desire something else.
It would have been nice to get more insight. But alas, the talk fell by the wayside and not too many saw it.
Well, perhaps in the future we can discuss this topic again.
Thank you for participating.