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March 29, 2007
"My workaholism, of course."

Of course.

"And I think I'm a little irritable these days, when I'm tired. More than I used to be. So there's Wrath."

Oh, are we doing the Seven Deadlies today?

"Well, I don't think I have all seven."

Just your personal favorites..


Okay, Wrath. You've never been good at that. You wait too long to say anything negative, and then when you're tired or not feeling well, you snap at someone you love over something that doesn't really matter much at all.

"I know. And lying."

Right. As in keeping up appearances and keeping the peace.

"Yeah. Mostly about what I want, trying to please people by saying I want what I think they want."

Right. You've been doing that ever since I've known you.

"I know."


"Well, Gluttony."

You'll do better following a reasonable plan than by thinking of eating as a sin. That never got you anywhere good. Just ask me for the gift of knowing what enough is.

"I keep forgetting what enough feels like."

Well, you can ask me more than once, you know.


Anything else?

"I don't think so."

Haven't heard from Envy.

"Oh, right. Envy."

You've got so many blessings, but you want other peoples', too?


Ask me for gratitude. I can give it to you -- you don't have to come up with all of it on your own. It's a natural consequence of seeing things clearly.


You know -- you guys don't know why bad things happen, but you also don't know why good things happen. Gratitude is when you realize that.

"Oh. You're right."

Thank you. Glad you know that. That it?

"I think so. For these and all other sins I cannot remember..."

Be happy. We're getting there. Before you even thought these thoughts, I had forgiven them.

"Oh. Well. Thanks be to God, then."

You're welcome, I'm sure. We'll talk again. Now go in peace; it's going to be a beautiful day.
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