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Motivation Mondays: MODERATION

05/06/2017

“In things a moderation keep; Kings ought to shear, not skin, their sheep.” Robert Herrick

Motivation Mondays: MODERATION - When does it matter?

Motivation Mondays: MODERATION – When does it matter?

Motivation Mondays: MODERATION - When does it matter?

Motivation Mondays: MODERATION – When does it matter?

Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide. Marcus Tullius Cicero
Be moderate in everything, including moderation. Horace Porter
Throw moderation to the winds, and the greatest pleasures bring the greatest pains. Democritus

MODERATION: Why does it matter? Recently, I was having a heart to heart chat with my loved ones and they were quite direct about the amount of time I spend on the internet. Between the groups I manage, the groups I participate in, the sponsored work and the many social media sites I use to promote my blog, I can definitely understand their concern. Even with the various services that help the process along, it can add up to long hours spent online doing endless chores that don’t add up in concrete ways. So being mindful about how we spend our time helps us gauge when we are veering off track. In the blogging world, there are endless ways to spend time, waste time, and kill our time on monotonous activities. Without the help of a Virtual Assistant or supreme control over when we engage with others, it can quickly become a stressful and overwhelming experience. We don’t have to join every group or participate in every campaign because, sooner or later, we will get caught in the hamster wheel of never finishing tasks or being satisfied with the outcomes.

How do we create balance when we have goals that we are determined to achieve?  Prioritize! Pare down. Cut back. Say goodbye to minutiae and hello to more quality time spent with your loved ones and being truly creative. We often talk about throwing caution to the wind when we aim for success but then, in the next breath, we warn against indulging our passions or senses excessively. Sometimes, these conflicting messages make it hard to determine which actions bring success; excess or moderation? To stay the course, we need to be clear about our own limitations and draw a line in the sand.  It is imperative to take time out for self and damn the consequences. Unfortunately, there are those who think we should be working like factory conveyor belts. When you fall off, a very human quality, they toss you like dirty laundry. That said, the onus is on us to get up and count our blessings and move forward with wisdom and clarity about where we want to spend our time. Where are you TRULY supported? Which path fits your personality? Which path will produce the best results and quality of life for you?

Most accomplished artists rarely develop their craft with temperance in mind; they obsess about their work, create, practice or rehearse endlessly, go over their work again and again, until they can express it in their sleep. Can you imagine Picasso, Monet or Cézanne painting moderately? Yet, there is some wisdom in paying attention to how and where we spend our time.  If we spend our time laboring over tasks with few productive outcomes then we need to take a closer look and prioritize. We live in an age of smartphones and smart access to tons of things so, being mindful about not running our engines 24/7 is imperative. I think moderation, as Democritus references in his quote above, tends to come into play over things that are harmful for us; drugs, alcohol, smoking, unsafe sex, and perhaps excess food. In those things, balance is key… even abstinence.  In seeking moderation, we need to clarify our expectations and choose wisely.

A STORY: The Little Glutton by Pedro Pablo Sacristán
Once upon a time there was a little glutton who only ate sweets and candy. One day, in an antique shop he found an old magnifying glass. He liked it very much, and his parents bought it for him. He was so happy with his magnifying glass! As soon as he could, he used it to look at a little ant. It was great! The ant looked so big. But then a strange thing happened. When he took the magnifying glass away, the ant stayed the same size it had appeared through the glass. Very surprised, the boy kept experimenting, and he found that anything he looked at through the magnifying glass would get bigger, and stay that way.

Suddenly, he realized how he could best use this special ability, and he ran home. At home he took all the candies and sweets, and he made them gigantic with his magnifying glass. Then he completely stuffed himself with them, until he could eat nothing more. However, the next morning he woke up totally swollen, a bit purple, and with a huge bellyache. When the doctor came to see him, he said it was the worst case of upset tummy he had ever seen. Night and day, the little glutton suffered so much that for a long time he didn’t want to hear mention of large amounts of food. His parents were happy about this. Thanks to their son’s latest gluttony their pantry was full of the food he could not eat. What’s more, he gave up being a glutton who only ever ate sweets and candy. He wanted nothing to do with them.

And so it was that the little glutton learned that even with the best things in life, if you have too many of them, you will end up feeling ill. He decided to keep the magnifying glass in a box until he found something that would really be worth making bigger. How about you? What would you use the magnifying glass for?

 

“If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please.” Epictetus

Motivation Mondays: MODERATION - When does it matter?

Motivation Mondays: MODERATION – When does it matter?

Motivation Mondays: MODERATION - When does it matter?

Motivation Mondays: MODERATION – When does it matter?

Water, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody. Mark Twain
Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul. Frances E. Willard
Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit. W. Somerset Maugham

When does Moderation Matter?  Clearly, we don’t seem to think about moderation when it comes to creating talent or becoming the best at a skill but, it is an important quality when we consider excesses that can harm us or distract us from our goals. The story above teaches a lesson about excessive behavior; in this case with food, but we might react differently if the boy practiced the piano 12 hours a day or wrote great stories, crafted over hours and hours of laborious effort,  with publishers bidding like crazy for his works. A life in moderation might be a bit challenging, perhaps, if one feels compelled to make a unique contribution to the world. However, such contributions demand tremendous effort and we must be clear about its value/impact before moderation is thrown to the wind. Once we address the obvious issues on what we will/will not moderate or indulge in, we must decide to live life fully or perish.

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“The heart is great which shows moderation in the midst of prosperity.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Motivation Mondays: MODERATION - When does it matter?

Motivation Mondays: MODERATION – When does it matter?

Motivation Mondays: MODERATION - When does it matter?

Motivation Mondays: MODERATION – When does it matter?

Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance. Anne Sexton
Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess. Oscar Wilde
Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance. Charles Caleb Colton

 

What more can we add to this discussion on moderation? I believe that anything we do in excess can have counterproductive outcomes. Yet, while I understand, like Cicero, that “Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide,” there are times in our lives when we must take a leap of faith and do the thing we must, even if it means working excessively for a concentrated period of time to complete a manuscript, prepare for a show, rehearse for that dance, and practice for an upcoming recital. The human spirit seems to shine brightly when it steps out of its comfort zone of moderation to tackle a dream or a goal with courage and zeal. In those things, a life of moderation does not necessarily apply. But having a timeline for completing the goal and taking  time to unwind is equally important. All work and no play is the road to a heart attack!  What do you think? What are your thoughts? Do you believe in moderation in some things? all things? Have you ever done something to excess? How did it make you feel? Do share!

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  1. TColeman permalink
    05/06/2017 3:06 pm

    So many do not see the beauty in moderation. I love to take on many new things and ventures but also leave time for myself. Never focusing too much on one thing or the other.

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  2. raisingyourpetsnaturally permalink
    05/06/2017 3:19 pm

    Moderation is not a word I follow. lol I need to, but I seem to go all out with whatever “it” is.

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  3. Holly permalink
    05/06/2017 4:06 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your opening quote. I’ve never heard it before and it is so true!

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  4. Iris Rebao Pulga permalink
    05/06/2017 4:20 pm

    Thanks for the motivation. My Monday started and ended so well ❤

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  5. Carol Cassara permalink
    05/06/2017 5:08 pm

    Excessive can also mean toxic and that’s never good for anyone. Moderation keeps the balance in everything we do and allows us to be creative without being obsessed or consumer by our work.

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  6. elishaff permalink
    05/06/2017 5:17 pm

    Oh, moderation is important. My mom likes to say even too much of a good thing is bad. This is an important subject!

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  7. Ana De-Jesus permalink
    05/06/2017 5:33 pm

    I find it difficult to do things in moderation as well as like you I take part in threads, run social media groups and have a full time job. Not to mention the work I have to do for my blog so like you I sometimes turn down opportunities to spend some time with loved ones because of my work but you are right. Balance is definitely key ! x

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  8. Amber permalink
    05/06/2017 5:41 pm

    Moderation is pretty important. I try to never do anything in excess so I don’t get burnt out.

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  9. The Brainy Mama permalink
    05/06/2017 5:58 pm

    I’ve always been the obsessive type of person and this article has reminded me to take things in moderation. It’s easier said than done but I’ll give it a try.

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  10. Esse D permalink
    05/06/2017 6:51 pm

    Moderation is all relative. When people say eat and/or drink in moderation, I always think about how that’s based on the person. One person’s moderation could be the next person’s excess. When I vow to do things in moderation I’m really strict on how much “rope” I give myself because moderation is tricky.

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  11. natalielovesbeauty permalink
    05/06/2017 7:36 pm

    I can relate to this a lot, I too spend a lot of time on the internet, sometimes upwards of 16 hours when combining my job and blog. Moderation and prioritizing is definitely key!

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  12. Sondra Barker permalink
    05/06/2017 7:46 pm

    I definitely know the struggle of moderation. I am a HUGE foodie and I love to go try new foods, I get a rush out of it! Finding the balance between experience and excess is a challenge but as you mention, moderation is key. Great post!

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  13. Andrea permalink
    05/06/2017 7:47 pm

    Motivation is such an important factor in our day to day lives, it keeps us a live and keeps us moving. I also think everything has to have a balance not going to extremes and living in the moment.

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  14. Amanda Love permalink
    05/06/2017 9:43 pm

    Everything should definitely be in moderation. Anything in excess can hurt you in the long run. It’s tough because we don’t always realize that we’re doing something too much but once we do, we should learn how to cut back.

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    • 06/06/2017 3:17 pm

      I’m with you on that point! As I said in my post, it is imperative to take time out for self and damn the consequences. Unfortunately, there are those who think we should be working like factory conveyor belts. When you fall off, a very human quality, they toss you like dirty laundry. That said, the onus is on us to get up and count our blessings and move forward with wisdom and clarity about where we want to spend our time. 🙂

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    • Ana De-Jesus permalink
      07/06/2017 2:56 am

      I definitely do things in excess and it does have an impact on my mental and physical health. Sometimes I crash and am unable to do anything because that is how tired I am x

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  15. Nay @ beautyaddictmama permalink
    05/06/2017 9:48 pm

    This is so true. I’m a real ‘binge’ person. I go all out on an activity until it’s done. Moderation would probably help me to feel more rested.

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  16. Robin Rue permalink
    06/06/2017 2:39 am

    Moderation is a word I need help with. I am one of those people that goes all in and then ends up getting overwhelmed.

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  17. Samantha permalink
    06/06/2017 2:51 am

    What a wonderful reminder! I can absolutely relate and agree that it can feel conflicting at times. It can be difficult to focus on moderation in a world where excess is envied.

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  18. Kait permalink
    06/06/2017 3:01 am

    This is a huge deal in my house. Ever since I stopped working in an office and started working from home, I find it difficult to tear myself away from my computer and phone. I feel like I work three times as hard and make less money than when I was at work all day. I understand that I have to put my time in to get ahead, but sometimes I feel like it isn’t worth it to be distracted all day. I want to spend more quality time with my son and doing the things I truly love so I end up staying up at all hours of the night to finish work then I am just exhausted. Moderation and better time management are both things that I am working on this year.

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  19. kelly reci permalink
    06/06/2017 3:53 am

    The temperance man picture and sayings looks like a lot of story behind! very interesting.

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  20. 06/06/2017 4:25 am

    Great motivation. I am so happy to come across your blog. I love how you have categorised all your motivations. I am saving you to my favs and I will be back!!

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  21. Cindy Magee permalink
    06/06/2017 4:51 am

    All through growing up my dad would say “Moderation is the key.” I think that there are times that we have to pour our heart and soul into a project but still make sure it isn’t taking over our lives. Then it can become an idol and that’s a dangerous place to be!

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    • 06/06/2017 2:20 pm

      Well said. I didn’t even touch on the subject of fanatic behavior which is a close sibling of excess… Anything that becomes too much is … too much poison. 😉

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  22. 조이 Czjai (@RebelSweetHrt) permalink
    06/06/2017 4:59 am

    Back in high school, our Science teacher would often tell us, “One is enough, two is too much, three is a poison.” Her quote stuck with us all throughout our high school life and even after we graduated. 🙂

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  23. GiGi Eats Celebrities permalink
    06/06/2017 6:16 am

    I definitely struggle with moderation. I am an all or nothing kind of person. Been like that my whole life. It’s gotten better as I have gotten older, but I am also still very stuck in my ways! My husband helps me every day when it comes to this.

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    • 06/06/2017 2:17 pm

      I can relate Gigi. If I love something, you can’t stop me but we do need to take time out for rejuvenation and mental rest. Our creativity is heightened when we step away for some time to refresh…

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  24. Jackie permalink
    06/06/2017 6:26 am

    Such a great article. It is so hard to have everything in moderation. I think we don’t cosider it much anymore and this was helpful in seeing that. Great pictures too.

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  25. Jay Colby permalink
    06/06/2017 7:52 am

    Great post! Moderation is always vital in every aspect of our lives.

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  26. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    06/06/2017 9:34 am

    It is funny. The word “moderation” for me has been so overused. Even my doctor tells me, “You can eat everything in moderation.” Too little or too much will be detrimental to my health. I know that because I have experienced both extremes of blood sugar fluctuations. It felt like I was going to die.

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  27. Jenny Temcio permalink
    06/06/2017 9:56 am

    This post inspired me to take a look at some big areas in my life and evaluate whether my efforts are actually making a difference or if I need to focus on fewer goals and do them with passion. Moderation is a value to keep in mind when I am using excess time and energy put into actions that don’t have the desired outcome.

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    • 06/06/2017 1:17 pm

      Jenny, you speak for me too. Having the conversation with my family made me stop and give more thought to my online time. I enjoy it yes, but quite a bit of it is unproductive.

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  28. thehouseturnedhome permalink
    06/06/2017 10:28 am

    The quote by Robert Herrick had me thinking for sure! It is important to prioritize our time,especially when family needs our love and attention once in a while.

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  29. Corinne & Kirsty 🌸 (@corinnekirsty) permalink
    06/06/2017 10:41 am

    Such great pictures as always, and so inspiring! Moderation does matter indeed. Coz the good things are good coz they are scarce and too much of something makes it boring and dangerous! xx corinne

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  30. Ayushi permalink
    06/06/2017 10:47 am

    Thanks a lot for giving us something good to read again.

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  31. Dawn McAlexander permalink
    06/06/2017 11:18 am

    I know several people that need to learn the meaning of moderation. That is a huge problem in this country. Too many people don’t know when to say when.

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  32. 06/06/2017 12:23 pm

    Hello my dear one, thank you for your kind thoughts, I’m slowly emerging.

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    • 06/06/2017 1:14 pm

      So good to hear that as I have been quite worried for you. I sent you an email from my gmail account but not sure you got it because it’s not the one you already have… Do take care of yourself and please let’s stay connected. I’ve been rethinking my time online especially after a friend passed away from Pancreatic Cancer and it gave lots of us some pause. In her final days, what truly stood before her as the most cherished memories of love and care was her family, her fiance, and her friends. We all need to remember that. ❤

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  33. Drake Conan VA permalink
    06/06/2017 2:02 pm

    What a lovely post and sometimes my sister uses moderation as an advice word: Moderation in eating and sleeping

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  34. Beth Davidson permalink
    06/06/2017 2:24 pm

    I certainly think moderation is key in a lot of places, like diet. But, we can’t always be moderate in work, or even play. If you get just one chance to see a place you’ve always wanted to see, for example, are you really going to leisurely see it and spend a lot of time resting up in your hotel, or are you going to see everything you can? I know I’d be on the go.

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  35. Jessica@HappilyHughes permalink
    06/06/2017 3:00 pm

    I think moderation really is a key to a happy and healthy life. All things in moderation serves a person well. You may enjoy certain things that are not exactly healthy but allowing yourself some in moderation will still allow you to live a healthy life.

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  36. Ryan permalink
    06/06/2017 4:43 pm

    Great points! Always great to prioritize goals and keep yourself level

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  37. Mal IntoTheCity permalink
    06/06/2017 5:17 pm

    Moderation is that golden standard, the ideal point of effort. Neither overdoing it, or underperforming. You always have to find your balance in whatever you do, to do precisely how much you want to and should do in order to get the desired outcome and not sacrifice anything along the way!

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  38. Keeping Up With Candy permalink
    06/06/2017 5:43 pm

    I never smoke to excess – that is, I smoke in moderation, only one cigar at a time. Mark Twain

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  39. Megan permalink
    06/06/2017 6:25 pm

    I agree that there are times for moderation and other times to go all in. Overall though, moderation is an important tool!

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  40. Rosey permalink
    06/06/2017 7:12 pm

    You gave good examples for people who were the exception to the rule (and it turned out okay that they focused on their work more than moderately). Moderation for the most part IS a good thing though. 🙂

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  41. The Playful Parent permalink
    06/06/2017 7:25 pm

    The key to being truly happy and healthy truly is balance and moderation in life. Such an inspirational post to keep us focused.

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  42. Ophelia Tang permalink
    06/06/2017 8:47 pm

    Your post is very thoughtful and insightful. Moderation is definitely needed in our society and for us to have a better society. Everyone take things to the extreme. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. Nancy Johnson Horn (@themamamaven) permalink
    06/06/2017 9:32 pm

    I struggle with this — sweet treats, television, and alcohol should definitely be consumed in moderation. However, healthy habits like exercise and healthy diet shouldn’t have a limit. As long as you are doing something good for yourself, maybe moderation isn’t key in all cases.

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  44. Oh Beehave! permalink
    06/06/2017 10:04 pm

    These are really interesting points! I think moderation is important for some things, but I also agree that there are times when you can’t moderate certain things when you have big goals or need to get certain things achieved. In saying that though, I do think it’s important to take breaks and time for yourself… I personally find that the more regularly I take decent breaks, the more productive I become when I get back into work!

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  45. Elizabeth permalink
    07/06/2017 12:09 am

    I totally do this! I spend so much time online. I don’t have a VA and my income is that sporadic that I can’t justify paying for one. Moderation is definitely important and I take time out to exercise and be with my family too. I keep work all within normal workday hours.

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  46. Ashley Grant permalink
    07/06/2017 4:03 am

    Moderatio in omnibus rebus has long been a guideline for my life. Though I confess I’ve been bad about keeping some things in moderation – I over indulge in food and drink, procrastination, negative thoughts, and other things, but I’m a work in progress. I feel like as long as we keep trying to better ourselves, all hope is not lost.

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  47. famousashleygrant permalink
    07/06/2017 4:04 am

    Moderatio in omnibus rebus has long been a guideline for my life. Though I confess I’ve been bad about keeping some things in moderation – I over indulge in food and drink, procrastination, negative thoughts, and other things, but I’m a work in progress. I feel like as long as we keep trying to better ourselves, all hope is not lost.

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  48. Joanna permalink
    07/06/2017 5:25 am

    I think that moderation matters because no matter how good you are at something, or how much you love doing something, by doing it in excess you will end up hating it. In the end it will exhaust you and you won’t find joy in it anymore. So we should always moderate in order to be healthy and happy.

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  49. elenasts permalink
    07/06/2017 6:40 am

    I like the first quote because that is a good reminder for me to practice balance. I tend to go to excess all the time and I know that it is not good at all.

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  50. Blair Villanueva permalink
    07/06/2017 6:41 am

    Yeah sometimes having excess is nice but eventually it is not good. Having excess disrupts the balance of life.

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  51. Travel Blogger permalink
    07/06/2017 7:51 am

    This reminds me of the movie Whiplash. Some people in are willing to sacrifice everyone and everything to pursue their talent or passion, but it is a choice we all have to make at one time or another. We can’t devote ourselves to our craft and have leisure time and a family. So we have to choose. I think in the end, most of us decide in moderation. Even though constant work and devotion might bring us money and fame, it is at what cost? Don’t we want a family to love and love us and have time to really enjoy life?

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  52. Terri Ramsey Beavers permalink
    07/06/2017 8:09 am

    When I first started blogging, I spent hours on my site just trying to come up with blog prompts. I didn’t realize just how much time I was spending on it until my grandbabies came into the picture. Now I try to do it in moderation. Your post is a great reminder that I need to No moderate my moderation time, lol.

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  53. ajennysaved permalink
    07/06/2017 8:22 am

    It is amazing how much time we unknowingly spend online, but as long as we can keep an eye on it there is hope! There is always time to “unplug” though

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  54. Melissa Bernardo permalink
    07/06/2017 10:45 am

    I can definitely say that I struggle with moderation. Thank you for your post!

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  55. noelline00 permalink
    07/06/2017 10:53 am

    ”Sometimes, these conflicting messages make it hard to determine which actions bring success; excess or moderation?” It started with this sentence…it made me want to read the whole article; a very interesting reflection about moderation. I think for me balance is an average of excess and moderation and the goal would be happiness and success .:)

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  56. Tiffany Meiter permalink
    07/06/2017 11:00 am

    Oh how I struggle with this. I am so new and want to try all the things. I end up spending so much time on everything and not really knowing what is actually helpful.

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  57. Cynthia Nicoletti permalink
    07/06/2017 11:55 am

    Moderation is very important. I feel everything should be done in moderation. Doing this to quickly or wanting to get things done to fast results in mistakes.

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  58. Dreammerin permalink
    07/06/2017 11:58 am

    Feeling inspired now because of your content, all pictures etc.! Love that post! 😉 So much value and creativity each time ❤

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  59. arainofthought (@arainofthought) permalink
    07/06/2017 12:32 pm

    Doing things in moderation is easier for some than others. Sometimes I tend to get bogged into a task and I’ll spend hours while ignoring everything else. I’m trying to learn to step away.

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  60. Heidi permalink
    07/06/2017 1:24 pm

    I really admire those bloggers with great life balance. They somehow are able to schedule posts ahead on their blogs, spend quality time with their family, and keep their homes in order. (Most of the bloggers I know in that category have blogging partners and/or VAs.) I have never been able to find that balance. When my blog looks great, my house is wreck and my family is neglected. I’ve had to scale way back on blogging and focus on my family because I was not able to use moderation and find balance. Maybe I’ll get it some day!

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  61. Peter Lotterhos permalink
    07/06/2017 2:11 pm

    My family and close ones are also concerned about my social media activities; they think I am too much involved in these. In fact, some of my clients are also curious about social media campaigns. They tell me to focus on business and reputation management. They do not understand the significance of social media and think I waste time in all these activities haha! I agree with you. I do need moderation in certain things.

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  62. Peachy A. permalink
    07/06/2017 3:43 pm

    Moderation is really the key to everything! You can have too much or too less of anything to have a healthy and balanced life.

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  63. Jenny permalink
    07/06/2017 3:59 pm

    I have been experiencing this very exact thing but within myself. My daughter is too young to understand really or express concern. But I feel like I am in need of a VA to help keep up with everything. Kind of hard though when you can’t afford one since your blog doesn’t make as much as you’d like so you have to promote and network to be seen.

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  64. Amber Faith permalink
    07/06/2017 5:32 pm

    I constantly have to remind myself about moderation. I tend to go overboard and obsess over something all the time.

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  65. alisonrost permalink
    07/06/2017 5:36 pm

    I so hear you on the idea of moderation when it comes to our time online. It’s so easy to sign up for too many groups and before you know it, that’s all you’re doing. Now I limit myself to only a few that I know I’m able to finish in just a couple of hours. It might not help my following grow faster, but I’m a far happier person because of it

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  66. Sojourner permalink
    07/06/2017 6:08 pm

    Balance is key. Moderation and balance go hand in hand but like everything it’s a work in progress.

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  67. Alice permalink
    07/06/2017 8:07 pm

    Moderation is really significant. So doing a time-management or timetable, you’ll be able to identify which is more important things than others.

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  68. Michelle Paige permalink
    07/06/2017 9:51 pm

    Moderation is so important! It’s funny because I spent so many years dieting and could never really lose any weight but once I learned how to eat in moderation, I got into shape in no time.

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  69. Chei Pangan permalink
    07/06/2017 10:18 pm

    In everything we do, we should be moderate. Think which comes first of first. Plan. And do. There’s no need to have an excession in everything.

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  70. rochkirstin permalink
    08/06/2017 1:14 am

    It’s interesting that you brought great points about moderation. It’s a key factor to balance out everything we do and have in life. Sometimes, having extremes may be too bad.

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  71. MELANIE EDJOURIAN permalink
    08/06/2017 5:26 am

    Moderation is very important. I’m the same I spend a lot of time online. I try not to fall for distractions although sometimes it isn’t always easy.

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  72. Lindsey permalink
    08/06/2017 5:39 am

    I do not believe in rushing into things, take your time and moderation and you will reap the rewards.

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  73. Franc Ramon permalink
    08/06/2017 6:25 am

    Moderation is always the key. We need to keep balance in everything we do to have a much complete life.

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  74. mrsnzanatta permalink
    08/06/2017 7:27 am

    I can definitely relate to needing moderation. Taking care of my 3 boys, 2 sick parents, working at home, traveling husband etc… I am learning I need to work on moderation to keep myself sane.

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  75. Katja Knox permalink
    08/06/2017 7:48 am

    Everything in moderation, and there’s a perfect balance in this life if we can find it, said Ryan Robbins and he had a point.
    Katja xxx

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  76. lex permalink
    08/06/2017 7:56 am

    for the love of man and success of what nature gave us, moderation is key to all we do, success defines alot in us but our moderation rate gives true definition to our success.

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  77. MaryAnne permalink
    08/06/2017 9:03 am

    Such a great quote about temperance, I just loved it1

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  78. Queen Thrifty permalink
    08/06/2017 11:28 am

    I always look forward to your post on Monday’s they’re always very insightful, invoking thoughts, and emotions toward life, health, serenity, and a number of topics.

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  79. Jo Anna permalink
    08/06/2017 1:56 pm

    I think excessiveness is one of the things that is wrong with this world, so many people overeat or overspend and they don’t even realize that it is toxic to your life!! That being said, your post also discusses how moderation can hurt you in other aspects of your life! Thanks for sharing this post your message

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  80. roadaviator permalink
    08/06/2017 7:11 pm

    Prioritizing goals and time and working accordingly will definitely bring success faster. Also to spend valuable time with family, you have to prioritize your time. Moderation is definitely a key thing for happy life.
    Nice story “The glutton”.

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  81. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    08/06/2017 10:19 pm

    Everything in moderation is what I was told growing up by my parents and grandparents. It is true we really need to evaluate what we need to do in moderation. Thanks for sharing the stories and your thoughts.

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  82. den permalink
    10/06/2017 12:41 am

    I agree with you. When I was younger, I worked overtime everyday. In my mind it was the way for me to succeed. This however almost caused me my relationship with my then boyfriend- now husband. I realized that the key was identifying important tasks and responsibilities. Moderating work and trying to balance it with life was key as well.

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  83. Katrina gehman permalink
    10/06/2017 5:00 pm

    Great insight. I always say, things in moderation. That way you can enjoy a little of everything you want and not focus on just one thing.

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  84. Tiffany Meiter permalink
    10/06/2017 5:39 pm

    Prioritizing is really important. I try to pick my top 3 things to do each day and get them done and out of the way.

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  85. EG III permalink
    12/06/2017 6:57 pm

    Moderation is such a key component in regulating a schedule. I actually dedicated the past month to incorporating moderation into my schedule and I saw my productivity almost double.

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  86. Wildish Jess permalink
    13/06/2017 4:35 pm

    Moderation is so important. It’s like with food, if you don’t moderate what you’re eating you, you’re going to gain a ton of weight.

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  87. Gina permalink
    13/06/2017 11:26 pm

    I really loved reading your post in this world they normally say too much of everything it’s bad which its so true. We just need to prioritize whats really important to us

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  88. Flambok permalink
    14/06/2017 9:55 am

    I loved this article, it’s talkong about all what we should know about moderation ! Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  89. AlainaBullock1 permalink
    16/06/2017 10:40 am

    I love this quote, and so agree about the importance of moderation – in all aspects of our lives. Especially your comments about in the blogging world. If I don’t keep things on moderation, and stick to a strict schedule, I find myself all over the place which clearly reflects in my work.

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  90. Austin permalink
    17/06/2017 3:00 pm

    Thanks for yet another good read! And very accurate.

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  91. Tiffany Yong permalink
    17/06/2017 10:35 pm

    Today I wonder about this topic too. I realized that I’m meeting my bf so frequently that it has almost become excessive, and we were not really happy. He didn’t want to voice out his thoughts and both of us decided to give each other some space and time apart to think things thru.

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