"Abstinence is as easy for you as temperance is difficult for me." -unknown
I read this in a magazine while waiting for my doctor's appointment where I had the EKG - was diagnosed with A-fib and you know the rest of the story.
Sometimes abstinence is easier because there is no choice to be made. With temperance there is a choice.
There is a pan of brownies in the kitchen. What idiot made those? :-)
If we have made the lifestyle change of "I don't eat sugar" then it is much easier to stay out of them.
If we start with "should I or should I not" we might as well go ahead and dive in. We can also play the mind game of we will just have one (or two) and then of course we have to straighten up the edges (those bites don't count). We then might just have to eat the whole pan in order to hide it from the family that we ate several of them. We had good intentions of temperance at the outset but that was just a game we play to eat some brownies.
We don't have this trouble with the bowl of fruit in the middle of the table (you know - where the brownies used to be). We don't have trouble with the fresh vegetables. How many times have we felt like we had to finish off a bowl of salad before anybody found out?
Having no choice (abstinence) is the way to go don't you think?