Moderation is being content with enough. It is using self-discipline to create healthy balance between work, rest, reflection, and play. Moderation protects us from the pull of addictive desires. We do not grasp to do or have more in the belief that we are lacking. We do not try to be everything to everyone. We set healthy boundaries that value our time and energy. We protect ourselves from the stress of overdoing. We discern our own perfect rhythm. Moderation isn’t deprivation. It is loving ourselves enough to choose what is just right.
“Moderation is the silken thread running through the pearl chain of all virtues.”
— Joseph Hall
The Practice of Moderation
- I spend my time and energy sustainably.
- I remember to pray and play.
- I am free of addictions.
- I carry responsibility wisely.
- I protect myself from the stress of excess.
- I live gently and gratefully.
In Family Life
Moderation in family life is a virtue that fosters harmony, understanding, and a sense of balance within the household. Embracing moderation means finding the appropriate equilibrium between work and leisure, discipline and flexibility, and individual needs and collective aspirations.
By practicing moderation, family members learn to communicate effectively, compromise amicably, and prioritize their shared values.
It allows them to avoid extremes that may lead to conflicts and emotional turmoil, ensuring a supportive and nurturing environment for each member’s growth and well-being. Emphasizing moderation in family life strengthens bonds, promotes empathy, and cultivates a sustainable and loving atmosphere where everyone can thrive.