I posted this quote on my Instagram the other day because it speaks the truth to me. Awhile back someone mentioned to me how much they despise the word moderation. It’s annoying and overused were the words spoken verbatim.
As I thought more about it I did agree with her comments. I tried to think of different words that delivered the same message. However I kept giving the same advice to my clients about moderation. Moderate this, moderate that. I could not really come up with anything better. As annoying as it is, it is used all the time because it speaks the TRUTH and can be DIFFICULT for many to apply to their lives.
Too much of most things usually send us overboard? For example:
Too much food.
Too much alcohol.
Too much working out.
Too much stress.
Too much spending.
It is okay to indulge in food and alcohol but can you moderate it to control your life?
It is okay to workout hard and often, but can your body recover?
It is okay to be stressed out about work, workouts, family and life but can you bring it back down?
It is okay to buy things for yourself and spend money, but does it build uncontrollable debt?
Can you moderate it? These are the questions we need to ask ourselves. Most of the time it is important to moderate things that can affect our body and mind to different extremes. In my opinion moderation is a great tool in many aspects of our life. But sometimes, sometimes it is ok to not be moderate. Sometimes you just have to live life and not worry about following whatever rules we have in our head about moderation.
It is okay to enjoy a huge meal to your hearts content!
It is okay to have a few extra drinks every once in a while!
It is okay to workout twice a day!
It is okay to be stressed! (Stress can be good to a certain degree)
It is okay to splurge on a fancy dinner or an unnecessary item that you don’t really “need.”
These things may be breaking moderation, but we need a break from moderation every once in awhile! Moderation is important because with all of these example we know that indulging too much in any of the above can have small, moderate or severe consequences.
With all the effort we put in to doing things a certain way, doing what we should and should not do, and finding balance through guidelines society has set, moderation itself needs a break too.
Everything in moderation, even moderation.