Let's Find Some Moderation
“Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance.”
So you want to get off that pendulum and into some moderation?
Last week I told you:
The definition of moderation
Why it is so difficult to practice moderation
Why it is so important to practice moderation
(If you missed it you can read it HERE)
So now it’s time to find you some moderation! This is where the work begins.
Last week I asked you to think of what area(s) of your life need moderation or “reasonable limits”. In other words, what area of your life feels like it’s on either one end or the other of the pendulum AKA out of balance.
Where is there too much or too little of something?
Too much TV and not enough exercise? Too much exercise and not enough “chill” time? Too much work and not enough play?
Not sure if something in your life is REALLY out of balance?
Here simple check list:
You are moody and short tempered
You have difficulty sleeping or getting quality sleep
Your immune system is out of wack and you get sick often
If any of these sound familiar there is a high probability that something is out of balance.
When we live in extreme ends of the pendulum we often display physical signs like the ones listed above because even when our mind tells our body to keep going the body will eventually protest. Our body is one smart cookie.
So now that you know what area of your life needs some moderation lets move on.
Imagine doing this thing in your life in moderation.
What would it look like?
What would it feel like?
Most of the time we can already imagine what it would look like and usually it looks pretty awesome!
But how it might feel is a whole other story. We imagine going through the steps of what it would take to do this thing in moderation and it is SCARY
Yep, terrifying. So why is it so scary?
“If I make time to work out and leave work early, the boss will never give me that raise because he would think I’m a slacker”
“If I cut back on working on the weekend and made time to spend with my family I would get way too far behind in my work and never get ahead”
“If I gave myself permission to have some “me” time nothing would ever get done and the house would be a disaster”
(I could go on and on)
The truth is that we keep ourselves stuck on our pendulum because it is safer to live in this unhealthy, familiar extreme zone because it's not as scary as moving into a moderate zone.
So here is the big question:
What 3 things are you scared would happen if you lived your chosen area in moderation?
Next week we will tackle these fears and get one step closer to a healthier more moderate 2015!