Everything in Moderation

It’s an expression that you were probably taught by your folks when you were growing up and it is something that many have apparently forgotten in today’s world. Even I’m guilty of forgetting about it in multiple facets of my life.

There’s a reason why we were taught concepts and expressions such as these when we were young and it’s because these traditional concepts are necessary for a stable and functioning society. Maybe that is why we are not seeing things like this played out in the actions of others nearly to the degree they once were. Everything in moderation. Never go full bore, all the time. You’ll burn yourself out that way.

What are some of the consequences of such reckless and headlong inability to take into consideration this fabled expression? I wanted to discuss a big one with you, partially because I am suffering from it even now – demoralization.

Demoralization is a powerful enemy when it comes to fighting the good fight. It can stem from being burned out by putting to much attention or effort into something. It can further lead to depression. It’s understandable how we, as people, can get passionate or stubborn when it comes to dealing with things in life, be it people or situations.

The definition of insanity, as you well know, is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. This too can also lead to demoralization.

A more simple conveyance of this concept, which you may already be familiar with, is “the black pill.” While the black pill can be a single event that has the potential to demoralize, the black pill can also be a gradual build up over time. If “the blue pill” is apathy and ignorance and “the red pill” is awakening and discovery, then “the black pill” is self-induced mental harakiri. This is why I say everything in moderation. It’s okay to take a break.

Sometimes we forget that there are factors and things which lay beyond our control. This is why it’s important to not feel like we have to be the ones to do everything. Remember, there is no “I” in team. You have friends, family and a network to fall back on. You are not alone in this fight. You do not have to do everything, you simply can’t. There will always be things outside of your control.

Failing to assess and pick your battles can lead to demoralization, which not only hurts morale, but can ultimately cause people to fall out of the movement. This isn’t to say you should be blowing sunshine up someone’s rear end all day, but as stated repeatedly, “everything in moderation.”

The fight in front of us is a long and arduous one. It will not be easy to undo what has been decades of concerted efforts against us. Don’t discredit the importance of your mental health.

God Bless you and God bless Dixie.