How many times have we heard “All things in moderation” and thought that it is a philosophy we should acquire? Perhaps we have been sold a bill of goods. Moderation is not particularly colourful—within its barriers are the words restraint, control, reasonableness, temperance, balance, and fairness ~ and while none of these things are bad in themselves, they have a blandness about them—and hold us back.
Not that at times we should not be held back and show a little restraint, temper a situation, reach for fairness~ but where is the passion, the robustness, the joy? There seems to be little joy in moderation— illustrated quite vividly in one of its meanings from the Encarta Dictionary: “the limiting, controlling, or restricting of something so that it becomes or remains moderate.”
We cannot always be fiery and passionate, but I think that I would like to change the saying “All things in moderation” to “All things in vigour”. We should not grasp at mediocrity, settle for compromise; there is one life and one life only and we should hold on to it with all our strength.
Approaching life with verve and drive will force moderation back into the shadows where it should be taken out on occasion, looked at, considered, then cast off. I was inspired to write about moderation by Dr Bill who had the following quote on his blog today. I separated each sentence of the quote to make it more important, to give it more punch:
It’s mediocrity, fear, and confusion in disguise.
It’s the devil’s dilemma.
It’s neither doing nor not doing.
It’s the wobbling compromise that makes no one happy.
Moderation is for the bland, the apologetic, for the fence-sitters of the world afraid to take a stand.
It’s for those afraid to laugh or cry, for those afraid to live or die.
Moderation…is lukewarm tea, the devil’s own brew.”
~ Dan Millman from Way of the Peaceful Warrior
There is a time and a place for moderation I suppose, but not in my life. I appear to be moderate but it is merely a guise. What about you?