September 21


Today's quotation:

Follow the wisdom provided by nature.  Everything in moderation-- sunlight, water, nutrients.  Too much of a good thing will topple your structure.  You can't harvest what you don't sow.  So plant your desires, gently nurture them, and they will be rewarded with abundance.

Vivian Elizabeth Glyck

Today's Meditation:

It's so easy sometimes to lose sight of the idea of moderation.  We want to eat, and if something tastes really good to us, we want to eat more of it.  We like to collect things, but is it possible that calling it "collecting" is simply a way of justifying having much more than we need of something?

It's important that we not just learn moderation, but practice it in all we do.  The world is full of examples of people who have refused to be moderate and who have paid a very heavy price for it.  If we aren't moderate in our eating, we face severe health problems.  If we aren't moderate in our drinking, we face problems with health and society at large.  If we aren't moderate in our spending, we can cause ourselves truly severe problems in our relationships and our ability to do rather simple things, like pay the rent or the mortgage.

Moderation is one of those things that doesn't show us very clearly how we've benefited from practicing it, but which gives us truly grave lessons about itself after we've refused to practice it.  We see plenty of people suffering in life because of their lack of moderation in some area or areas of their lives, but we need to look closely and carefully at those people who are moderate to see the relationship between their moderation and their happiness or contentedness with life.

I try to be moderate in all that I do, though I don't always succeed.  And I try this because of all the people I've known who haven't practiced moderation, and the negative things that they've suffered through because of their lack of moderation.  Sometimes the bad examples are more effective teachers than the good ones, it seems.

Questions to consider:

Is moderation easy for you?  In which aspects of your life is moderation the most difficult?

Why do so many people seem to look at 'moderation' as some sort of dirty word?

What are some of the tangible benefits that we can experience when we practice moderation in all aspect of our lives?

For further thought:

To go beyond the bounds of moderation is to outrage humanity.  The greatness of the human soul is shown by knowing how to keep within proper bounds.

Blaise Pascal

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