At one time in our lives, Odysseus and I have learned how vital using self-control can be. When Odysseus wanted to listen to the Sirens after the goddess Circe told him he shouldn’t, that was a lack of self-control on his part. Consequently, in order to not stray toward the Siren’s beautiful island, he needed to be tied to the mast of his ship. His crew literally restrained him and held him down so he wouldn’t disentangle himself. Due to the beeswax in their ears, the crew was unaffected by the Siren’s lovely tune. Odysseus also had to use self-control when he ventured to Lord Helios’ island, where the best cows in the world resided. After specific instruction of not to travel that way, what happened? Of course, he sailed there. All of Odysseus’ men greedily feasted on the cows; however, Odysseus did not. He displayed an example of self-control. Zeus looked down upon the men who ate the cattle with pity, and struck their ship with a lightning bolt. The powerful blast exterminated every single man but Odysseus; therefore, making Polyphemus’ prayer against Odysseus to Poseidon come true. I have also learned to use self-control. When I am performing poorly in sports, I sometimes want to lash out and blame my mediocre performance on others, or just quit and walk out. But I know that if I keep my head up, things will come around; it’s just hard to realize it at the time. Last summer, I was playing terribly in a golf tournament. In fact, my performance was so humiliating I ...
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... had to trick my three-year-old cousin into eating. Occasionally he is very stubborn and refuses to eat, so I say something like, “Hey Zach! If you eat these grapes, guess what will happen?” That automatically gets his attention, so then I continue, “If you eat all of your grapes, you’ll become a superhero!” The next thing I know, I glance over at his plate, and it was empty, like a magic act had made the grapes disappear. It isn’t the most ideal way to have a toddler eat, but I’m satisfied as long as it works. Both Odysseus and I have definitely learned this lesson through example, along with the other two as well.
Odysseus and I have learned life lessons that are difficult to forget. It is much simpler and less infuriating to learn them the easy way, yet sadly that can’t always be the case. People make mistakes each day, but everyone gains a lesson from it.
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