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Extremely Moderate

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Extremely Moderate

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I haven’t eaten ice cream in over seven years. Like most other decisions in life, it is as big of a deal as I make it.  Today I’m okay without that frozen confection. Today is the only day that matters if you’re Extremely Moderate.


Let me say this right from the start:  I have no understanding of moderation.  Let me re-phrase that; I understand the concept, but I seem to be lacking the ability to apply it to myself. I have often heard the adage: “All things in moderation”.  It sounds like a great concept.  I cannot wrap my brain around it.  It seems to suggest that everyday things we do, can be done with a degree of variability.  Like a dimmer switch on a light, or a fan rheostat, there are a near infinite number of settings between maximum and none.


I didn’t receive a genetic rheostat control system.  I simply have a great number of on/off switches. Do it, or don’t do it. That is the way my brain processes every decision regarding myself, and some action resulting from that thought process. 


Let’s again examine my ice cream dilemma.  Perhaps you can relate to that.  Many years ago, I discovered Costco’s Kirkland Vanilla ice cream.  Seems benign enough.  It doesn’t have exotic ingredients in it.  It’s very vanilla.  They sell it in a double half-gallon container package.  I have temporary onset insomnia when it is in the house.  I can’t sleep for more than two hours until it’s gone.  It’s my job to make sure it is eaten.  I try to do my job, in an extremely moderate fashion…without success.


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David Bates


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