People usually remember the seven deadly sins, but they forget the seven Heavenly virtues. The seven virtues actually deflate the seven sins. It is about balance with your family, friends, and work. Enjoy.
Pride Pride is the deadliest
of the seven sins. It is the Original Sin, leading to the Fall of Man. It is the source of the other sins. Pride is essentially believing you are better than other people. For Dante, prideful people carry large stones to constantly bow and to be closer to the Earth (more grounded).
Humility Humility is the opposite
of pride. According to C. S. Lewis: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.” People with pride are characters. People with humility have character. When you encounter pride in yourself and others, try to be humble.
Envy Envy is a jealous
feeling or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck. You covet what someone else has. In Dante's Purgatory, the punishment for the envious is to have their eyes sewn shut with wire because they have gained sinful pleasure from seeing others brought low.
Kindness Kindness is charity, compassion,
praise, and friendship for its own sake. It is empathy and trust without prejudice or resentment. It is unselfish love and voluntary kindness without bias or spite. When you encounter envious people, use kindness. It builds more kindness.
Wrath Wrath is a forceful,
vindictive anger that seeks to destroy a person. It is fiery and hateful. Wrath lasts longer than the grievance that provoked it. In Dante's Purgatory, smoke fills the eyes of wrathful people and chokes their breath. They are blinded. Dante seems to fight fire with fire.
Patience Patience is the ability
to endure seemingly unbearable situations with forgiveness, moderation, and dignity. It is resolving conflicts peacefully, not violently. Accepting the grace to forgive; to show mercy to sinners. It is creating a sense of peaceful stability and community rather than suffering, hostility, and antagonism.
Sloth (or Laziness) Sloth can
be defined as being lazy: mentally, spiritually, or physically. Sloth is the center of Dante’s Hell. Apathy, or an uncaring attitude, is classified as sloth. Apathy is worse than ignorance. You don’t care! In Dante’s Purgatory, slothful people must constantly move. The laziest were required to run at top speed continuously.
Zeal (for Work) A zealous
attitude towards work, home, and your life combats sloth every time. Zeal requires you to be: - Decisive - Steadfast - Persistent You must budget your time and monitor against laziness. When you are zealous when nobody is looking, people call it integrity.
Greed Greed is an insatiable
desire to acquire (or possess) more than you need, especially with respect to material wealth. It can lead to bribery, hoarding, and stealing. In Dante’s Purgatory, greedy people are forced to lie on the ground because they concentrated too much on earthly thoughts.
Generosity Generosity is the habit
of giving freely without expecting anything in return. Generosity, charity, and self-sacrifice are aspects of love. Do not hoard your work, share it. Do not steal ideas, collaborate. According to Maya Angelou: No one has ever become poor from giving.
Gluttony Gluttony is an over-consumption
of anything to the point of waste. Thomas Aquinas says gluttons may eat too much, too soon, too eagerly, too daintily, too expensively, and too wildly. In Dante’s Purgatory, it rains garbage. The gluttons eat anything they can find. Only one glutton notices Dante and Virgil.
Moderation Moderation is the practice
of restraint and self-control. It is the ability to be prudent: - Right action at the right time - Self-interest vs public interest - Sacrificing for another It is about honoring your needs, your customer’s needs, and the business. It is striking a balance.
Lust Lust is an intense
desire for money, food, fame, power, or sex. It is an unnatural craving that people use to justify bad choices. It is selfish. In Dante's Inferno, lustful souls of are blown about in hurricane-like winds to symbolize their own lack of self-control to their lustful passions in earthly life.
Purity Purity is the ability
to refrain from being distracted and influenced by hostility, temptation, or corruption. It means being honest with your boss, your family, your friends, co-workers, and your…..self. Lust is very selfish. Purity is self-less.