Moderation Q3

Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues: Week 9, Q3

Moderation: “Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

Personal notes:

  • Practice Moderation of action;
  • Moderate emotional response (especially at 630pm with the kids);
  • Incorporate Moderation into this week’s conduct.

Physically, I feel some pain in the knees and shoulders but not as much as years past. The joints are stiff and sore, but a more moderate exercise routine has had its benefits. A moderate diet has had its benefits too. No fasting, no lemon juice and cayenne, just smaller portions and more greens. Five pounds disappeared quickly, as did my sour stomach.

My stomach rules all, not my heart. Yes, stress or anxiety wreak havoc on most intestines, but mine felt ill on normal days. I began to think I had become lactose intolerant or developed some digestive sickness. I worried, until I didn’t.

After nearly a year of writing each week, and practicing awareness and reflection, I feel renewed. A calmness has materialized, a guilt and sadness washed away. All is not perfect and mistakes are still made (often), but most is better. If I had to choose the engine of change, I would choose moderation.

My stomach has been cured; it wasn’t gluten or dairy, but life. We’ve changed our life over the past year and moderated everything. We live smaller and save more. Our home is smaller, our plates are smaller, and our problems became smaller too.

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Next Week

Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues: Week 10, Q3

Cleanliness: “Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes or location.

Personal notes:

  • I feel worse when unclean;
  • Clutter leads to frustration;
  • Cleanliness calms the mind.

Sometimes, the hardest thing is taking the first step. The pile grows until it becomes a burden. Force that first step.

Hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend,

Patrick