It was only recently that I learned discretion is traditionally considered “the mother of all virtues.”

According to Abbot Christopher Jamison in Finding Happiness, “Discretion enables people to find the happy medium, that place of balance between extremes.”

I can see why discretion is highly regarded as a virtue. If you become at least somewhat adept at the virtue of discretion, it probably becomes easier to practice all the other virtues.

Jamison writes about this in the context of food and gluttony, where it’s hard to find a balance between overeating and dieting/fasting.

Of course this applies to all areas of life too. It’s about reaching for your internal dimmer switch rather than your on/off switch.


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