Oh, Really? This Popular Saying Gets An Overhaul

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“Everything in Moderation”

It is the motto of the underachiever, the credo of the consistent consumer, the epitome of mediocrity, AND it is violent, unhealthy, and downright dangerous.

One method I use to ensure I am not being too gullible when it comes to new information or ideas, is to follow the line of logic being proposed to its extremes. Let’s apply this method to the generally revered maxim, “Everything in moderation.”

Usually, we hear this adage tossed about when someone is about to have a drink, or light just one cigarette, or have just one piece of pie, or… But we will take it to the extreme and suss out the truth. How about drinking rat poison? Would moderation be alright? How about child abuse? Would just a little bit be OK? And rape? Theft? Cheating?

We don’t have to go far down the line of extremes to realize that we don’t want ANY negatives heaped onto our lives, even in the smallest doses. Well, the same is true for our bodies, our minds, and our spirits. They don’t benefit a lick from being subjected to mild, light, or moderate amounts of abuse. Our children don’t benefit from moderate abuse of any sort, neither do our spouses, friends, and coworkers.

We do thrive upon moderate exposure and engagement with positive, beneficial aspects of life; i.e. sunlight, proper food, water, sleep and rest, social engagement, meditative time, pursuit of goals, etc. Too much of these healthy elements and even they can inflict harm; i.e. sunburn, obesity, introversion, extroversion, etc.

The corrected axiom now reads thus: All good things in moderation.



3 Quotes That Spark Inspiration

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“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.

– Denis Waitley

As parents, when we claim full responsibility for our current life circumstances, when we take responsibility for our health, we empower our children with the freedom to make intelligent, self-directed choices and the freedom to enjoy a life of peak health.

“The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.

– John C. Maxwell

It really is the best day; the day you take the key and unlock the self-imposed chains holding you down in a state of ill health and low energy.

“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.

– Jim Rohn

We can change the set of our sails. We can change the forces, influences, conditions, and substances we expose ourselves to, and thereby change the outcome into one that we truly wish to experience.