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How To Resist Temptation

Updated on December 21, 2016
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Hi,welcome to my Hubpages profile. I am Arun Kanti Chatterjee and live in Kolkata. My mission is to share experiences etched on my memory.

A dollar is not worth as much as you think it is.- Your honesty is worth much more.-T. Boone Picken

I was handing over a lexicon to a book binder when a very old seemingly disgruntled man began to bargain over the charge for the order he had placed with the shopkeeper. I was a bit surprised finding the man not answering immediately but instead looking for something! After a while he flashed out a few yellow leaves and said “Look Sir, I have got these gold leaves from your book. You should have removed the precious leaves before entrusting me with the job.”At this the old man was totally embarrassed and almost dumb founded and replied meekly “This book belongs to our many generations and while I have carefully treasured it for my children in fact I have never gone through the scriptures and could not know that it contained such rich metal leaves which had perhaps been used for safe keeping by my ancestors”. As he took possession of the well bound book containing not less than 3000 pages being religious scriptures along with the precious gold leaves he was pleased so much with the poor man that he readily tried to reward him substantially for returning the hitherto undiscovered asset but the binder refused to accept the money being offered out of benevolence.

Temptation is the desire to perform an action that one may enjoy immediately or in the short term but will probably later regret for various reasons:

Much to my amazement as I was observing the past bizarre system of concealing of valuable property, I left the scene wondering how the book binder could resist the temptation knowing full well that had he removed the leaves surreptitiously it would never have come to light! As we all suffer from a little bit of larceny - ,,,,,,,, we only refrain from doing the mischief out of the fear for being caught. So the ingrained virtue of the disheveled poor artisan can easily be imagined

Mouthwatering Food Dishes Displayed

Money has to be earned and not stolen or received out of generosity or favour.

Resisting temptation can be extremely challenging:. None of us is a stranger to temptation, but nothing makes it clearer how powerful craving and desire can be than when you watch a person's life begin to unravel because he/she gave in.

Before criticizing others I have a tendency to judge my own lapses and immediately I could discover my lifelong habit of plumping for spicy food and chilly ill advised for health. Further I could not beat the temptation of excessive sweet meat and egg till recently. Restrictions imposed by the physicians and well wishers proved to be of no help as I went for more and more of such unwholesome foods. So we are all prone to being tempted by one way or the other and the best course left to us is to train ourselves to overcome the desire.

For me, as egg is my Achilles’ heel, but it still is a problem sometimes. What I love about eating eggs is it tastes so delicious and makes me feel so good and happy at least temporarily. But my euphoric mood does not last long,when I begin to lament the fact that I have eaten it all at one go. I can justify it for a while, but soon I go for eating some savoury eggs almost every day.. So, what I should do? Clearly, I have to train my brain what's really important to me so that it can help and not hinder me.

A disciplined person not only knows how to say 'no' to themselves but 'no' to other people when they need to. Joyce Meyer quotes

While the elderly persons advise their children and grandchildren a lot about how not to be easily tempted by unhealthy foods offered outside school or college campus they themselves easily fall prey to the alluring calls of the spicy and sugary foods which can only cause a severe damage to their health.

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    • ARUN KANTI profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from KOLKATA

      old albion-Thank you very much for your wonderful inputs which have enriched my write up.


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      Graham Lee 

      5 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Arun. A top class hub as usual. A famous quote from Oscar Wild is 'I can resist anything but temptation' Very apt for your hub I think. Well done.


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      5 years ago from KOLKATA

      MsDora -It is very heartening to learn that you go through my write ups. I have joined Hubpages to share my experience trying to get the necessary message across and to learn from you in turn.. Thank you very much for your appreciative comments and input. God bless.

    • ARUN KANTI profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from KOLKATA

      ologsinquito-I am very glad to learn that my hub delivers the intended message. Thank your for stopping by and leaving rich inputs.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Wonderful observation and even wonderful presentation. As usual this time too you have done a good job. It is fine that you teach the value of good principles. Thank you for sharing your knowledge here.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you for constantly reminding us to foster good character values. This reminds me of the one on honesty. We tend to forget that "temptation appears in different forms." We have to be alert always.

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      5 years ago from USA

      We do need to resist temptation. I am Catholic and once heard a homily in which the priest told us to get a tempting thought out of our mind immediately. It's also good not to put yourself in situations of temptation. Your article delivers a good message.

    • ARUN KANTI profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from KOLKATA

      teaches12345- I always appreciate your visit. Thank you very much for your apt comments.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I find hearing words such as yours to help when temptation is presented. I think you were on target in advicing people to think of the consequences. Thetemporary pleasure is sweet but the long term effect is quite painful.

    • ARUN KANTI profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from KOLKATA

      travmaj-Resisting naughty food cravings is really a problem. What I do is to note the trigger factor and distract the mind by listening to music or switching on TV sets. Giving up a bad a habit is best done by a slow yet steady process. Wish you overcome temptations easily and have a very healthy life. Thank you very much.

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      5 years ago from australia

      Most interesting and observant hub. I cannot help examining temptation. We are easily manipulated by advertising, sometimes so subtle we don't notice. I recently changed my diet due to health reasons, it was not easy. And sometimes I'm seriously tempted.

    • ARUN KANTI profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from KOLKATA

      Devika-I always appreciate your visit and such wonderful comments.Thank you and I look forward to reading your interesting and thought provoking hubs.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Nice photos. Good food is always so tempting and especially snacking time.

    • ARUN KANTI profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from KOLKATA

      suzettenaplesSuzette-I am very glad that you have liked the write up. Your excellent inputs have enriched my hub. Thank you.

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      5 years ago from KOLKATA

      RachaelOhalloran-Thank you for your wonderful comments and support, as always.

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      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Very good article and thought provoking too. I enjoyed reading this. When it comes to food, my will power just plummets. What great examples you give. I find it easier to say no to the big temptations than to the small ones like eating favorite foods that may not be good for me. But, we must practice self-discipline and strive to give up temptations rather than giving into temptations. Voted up+ and shared.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 

      5 years ago from United States

      Very nice delineation between temptation and infatuation. Both lead to the same end. One is just a little more forceful than the other. Voted up.

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      5 years ago from USA

      What an interesting story with good observations that come out if it. Integrity cannot be purchased.


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