What’s Your Opinion on Moderation?

I think we have all heard the phrase, “Everything in moderation”. I was thinking about moderation today. Is it a good or a bad thing? Is it a useful tool, or a crutch that causes people to fail to achieve what they want? Is it a cop out from doing the really hard things, or something necessary to create a life worth living? Has moderation helped or hurt you in your pursuits?
I was asking myself these questions, and the only conclusion I can come up with, and basically with most things in life, I don’t think there is any clear black and white answer. Moderation lies in the murky gray area. I think it’s great in some situations, and harmful in others. I think it’s good for some people, and not so much for others.
Really the answer comes down to how well you know yourself, and if moderation works for you or not. Can you honestly moderate something, or do you just use moderation as an excuse to do whatever you want?
Again there is no right or wrong, black or white. Does moderation mean once or twice a month, once or twice a week, or once or twice a day? That’s where the line gets blurry. How do you decide?
I guess it depends where you are starting from, and where you intend to go. If you are trying to cut back on sweets for instance, if you regularly consume sweets every day, then I guess once or twice a week is moderation.
Is moderation a sliding scale? For instance let’s use the above example, and you have cut back on sweets from every day, to once or twice a week. Is the next logical step to now cut back to once or twice a month? Is that necessary? I guess that depends on what your goals ultimately are.
I think the important thing is to use moderation to enhance your life, not as an excuse to do/eat whatever you want.
Again, moderation is a gray area. I don’t think everybody does well with gray areas. Some of us need black and white, or else we just come off the rails. I know for myself I need hard and fast rules when it comes to most things. I don’t do well with gray areas. It’s too easy for me to take advantage of that.
Bottom line, you have to know yourself. What does moderation mean to you? How does it affect you? Does it bring you closer to your goals or further from them? Does it bring you closer to being the kind of person you want to be, or is it a convenient excuse to indulge every want and desire you have?
What works for you? What doesn’t? Perhaps the only way to find out these answers is to test and re test. Find out for yourself, just be aware of who is driving the car, you, or your wants and desires. Does moderation help or hurt that distinction?
I know I asked a lot of questions in this post, and I hope it gets you thinking. Do you find this kind of post helpful? It requires a certain amount of introspection to answer these types of questions. Do you like to do that kind of thinking? Would you like more of these kinds of posts?