Moderation

How much is too much? Anything is OK in moderation, I’ve heard. Think about that. Anything? Of course, we don’t take that saying literally. If we did, there would be a lot less of us around.

There are somethings that I enjoy, that if I enjoyed them too much, wouldn’t be enjoyable anymore.

  • The first big of a Big Mac. Each bite gets exponentially less pleasant. It’s also better if you wait at least a year between attempts (having one, not bites)
  • Chips (potato). So good, but not the whole bag. Well, maybe sometimes…and Pringles don’t count, you have to finish them. You can put the top back on all you want.
  • Exercise. Yes, you can overdo it-and it hurts when you do.
  • Alcohol. Here are a few of may favorites (in no particular order): Beer, wine (red, white, cava), tequila, whiskey, rum. Now that may seem like a lot, but never all at once. And I know that many people struggle with addiction and in no way want to make light of that. Can I have only one drink? Yup. Does two taste better than one? Sometimes…but that’s the limit.
  • Cigars. Yes-smoking is bad for you. But I do enjoy the occasional cigar-usually once/year- especially around a campfire, with one of the above beverages-usually rum or tequila.
  • Food. All types. How can I support this activity? See point #3.
  • Laughing. Hard to get too much of this.
  • Punctuation. What is the rule for commas? Oh yes, there are 634 different rules, so here are a bunch just to be safe: ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
  • Coffee. In college, I once sat with friends and took advantage of the unlimited refill policy at the local hangout. Twenty cups too much? Want to stay up for 24 hours? (By the way, that aforementioned policy? Yeah, we got that revoked…for everyone.)

Enjoy things that you like, as long as it doesn’t have detrimental effects on your life or the lives of others.

-Leon

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