You guys, this is one of the most embarrassing things I’ve ever admitted, but I am a borderline stalker.
Seriously. I never knew it.
I found this out a couple of months ago when I was riding in the car with a couple of my girlfriends. We were on our way back from the Walk for Life in San Francisco.
I was telling them how there is this one guy who works at the gym who I think is cute and how I try to workout during the times he’s going to be working.
Little did I know that this was mental stalking.
It starts there. Then I find out his favorite restaurant, and I begin eating there. Then I find out where he lives and casually decide to take a stroll over there. THIS COULD HAVE ESCALATED QUICKLY. Luckily, I nipped this in the bud before it became more than me seeing him at the gym. My friends suggested Sarah Swafford’s book, Emotional Virtue, to me and suggested that I read it.
I did not realize how much I struggled with emotional chastity until then.
This book is geared toward high school and college-aged girls, but applies to anyone who doesn’t know a lot about/ is not very good at emotional chastity.
In the book, there is a challenge, the virtue challenge.
For this challenge, you take a one virtue at a time from the list below that I got directly from the website, here, make a list of three ways you can implement it into your life and a list of three barriers that hinder you from applying it to your life. Each night before you go to sleep, evaluate your day and how you did.
The Simply Irresistible Virtuous Woman
|Gentle and kind||Stands up for what is right and seeks the truth||Her relationship with God comes first in her life|
|Graceful and sincere||Has courage, is not afraid to confront and help someone||Puts others first, before herself|
|Patient and flexible||Genuinely excited for another, not jealous or vain||Strives for excellence in all things: in chastity, in sobriety, and tries her hardest in academics or her career|
|Doesn’t gossip, isn’t rude||Speaks with conviction||Not led solely by her emotions and passions|
|Tries to eliminate drama, not create it||Responsible||Maintains balance and order in life|
|Poised and modest||Prudent||Lives a life of charity and service|
|Open to the needs of others||Humble and honest||Forgiving|
|Nurturing and welcoming||Secure||Trustworthy and loyal|
|Joyful and fun||Sensitive to the needs of others||Pure|
I am starting this challenge today beginning with gentle and kind. Who wants to do it with me? If you’d like to, comment below or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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