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Least of the Deadly Seven?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The monks of old had a list they called the Seven Deadly Sins. The list went this way:

Superbia (pride), Invidia (envy) Ira (wrath) Avaritia (greed) Gula (gluttony)


That's one of the Big Seven we're all familiar with here on Spark People.

However, this isn't the one I'm talking about today. Continuing the list, is Luxuria, (Lust) and the last one is one that always flies under the radar, and is my greatest temptation this year.

It is the one called Acedia.

Commonly called "sloth."

It's often identified with laziness,

But there's far more to it, which makes it particularly deadly. This year has been a discouraging year for me after the great accomplishments of last year. I've been on a year-long plateau,

The scale hasn't been kind to me,

And the temptation is to say "What's the use?"

Throw in the towel,

and just give up.

Which is the perfect description of Acedia. Dorothy Sayers once said

"The Church names the sixth Deadly Sin Acedia or Sloth. In the world, it calls itself Tolerance; but in Hell it is called Despair. It is the accomplice of the other sins and their worst punishment. It is the sin which believes in nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, loves nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and only remains alive because there is nothing it would die for. We have known it far too well for many years. The only thing perhaps that we have not known about it is that it is mortal sin." Sayers, "The Other Six Deadly Sins."

Its effect is shown graphically in this clip from The Neverending Story, where the horse Artax dies from it in the swamps of sadness:

This despair,

is a deadly crossroad that is easy to fall into when things aren't going the way you want to.

when you just don't care anymore.

And that is when I need all of you Sparkers.

For it is a dangerous time, one we all face though we don't know how we got there.

The step out of the swamp is hard,

But the alternative

is deadly. The way out needs help

To start caring again,

regaining the lost passion,

when it's so easy to doze off into a fatal lethargy.

In other words, don't give up, CARE!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SUSANELAINE1956 11/22/2013 10:53AM

    I missed this blog earlier and saw it now because it came up on my SparkFriend feed. I'm so glad I saw it. Awesome job! I hope in the last two months you've found some inspiration. emoticon Take care!

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JMARIES51 11/22/2013 10:35AM

    Wonderful, wonderful wonderful blog. Thank you so much for this. I am just getting myself back on track and have been feeling down in the dumps because the scale moved the first week, but last week and this week, nothing. -- So your blog gave me a good push to keep going. emoticon and emoticon emoticon

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 11/22/2013 10:25AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon and we will do it.

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CTUPTON 11/11/2013 1:50AM

    What a wonderfully creative blog. Hang in there. Lots of people are supporting you. You have lost many pounds and the body needs time to catch up. Just focus on continuing to eat healthy. Look how far you have come!

You surely don't want to go back to the weight you were before. Throw in the towel. No way!


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ARKPLE 10/24/2013 6:41PM

    You have quite the touch when it comes to posting images. Very funny, but also so true. I especially love the "To-Do List."

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BROWNSUGAR2828 9/24/2013 7:42AM

    Awesome blog! I love your creativity. Feel free to message me anytime you need a boost or anytime you want to talk!

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TEKRU1 9/19/2013 11:05AM

    Great blog! Very creative and definitely appropriate at the start of a new round of BLC! Welcome to Azure - we'll kick the sloth right out of you! LOL

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SMERTZ 9/19/2013 11:03AM

    I just want to know how you got the picture of me throwing down my scale because fo what it showed me. LOL. Thanks for the creative blog. It hits home.

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KANOE10 9/19/2013 8:19AM

    Great blog. Don't give up no matter if you feel like it. Care about yourself. I just read that you should be on the offensive side of food and take charge.

Thanks for a great blog.

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MICKEYH 9/18/2013 10:34PM

    Great blog!!

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LINDAK25 9/18/2013 9:56PM

    Well, you've got me beat by two months, but I've been maintaining, too. I found my mojo finally and I'm exercising everyday and eating right and losing minuscule amounts, but still losing. You can do this!

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FROMNDTOGA 9/18/2013 8:30PM

    I hate plateaus! Hang in there - we will make it!

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NILLAPEPSI 9/18/2013 7:32PM

    emoticon blog!! emoticon emoticon

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ANDYLIN90 9/18/2013 5:21PM

    Terrific blog and loved the illustrations!

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ROMANTILLY 9/18/2013 5:17PM

    Thanks for sharing Marc. Great Blog. I get there a lot myself after 4 years of the scale going up and down the same 20 pounds. It took some serious diet shake up to force the scale to move again. I wish you the best of luck.

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GABY1948 9/18/2013 4:11PM

    Another wonderful blog! Thanks for sharing!

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GRANDMABABA 9/18/2013 2:58PM

    Great blog! Thanks so much.

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MOMCHEERS 9/18/2013 2:37PM

    Thanks for being so creative! It's awesome to get involved in a blog post that has so many things going on! What a fun one and a message I needed today! :-)

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MATTEROFHEART 9/18/2013 2:24PM

    You are so creative in your blogs! (I have been stalking you for quite a while, just never comment!) :D

I've got the maintaining part down I just need to conquer those last 30 pounds!

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LOFLLAMA 9/18/2013 2:21PM

  Very nice! I care!

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CINDHOLM 9/18/2013 1:14PM

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