Ounce of prevention, pound of cure

Repel the thought, for if you don’t, it becomes an idea. So repel the idea, for if you don’t it will become a desire. So fight against that (desire), for if you don’t, it will become a determination and a passion. And if you don’t repel that, it will become an action. And if you don’t replace it with its opposite, it will become a constant habit. So at that point, it will be difficult for you to change it.
– Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah [from al-Fawaa’id]

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One thought on “Ounce of prevention, pound of cure

  1. Hifzin114 says:

    Very nice! What if, in the midst of your repelling, somebody does something on your behalf and brings the item that you are trying to repel in your close proximity?

    What I learned: do not tell people too much about your personal life and struggles.

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