Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Beware of Too Much! - Be moderate!

I came across this news item in the BBC News dated Monday August 13, 2007:

"A teenager is taken to hospital after overdosing on espresso coffee while working in a sandwich shop."

Well, is Coffee really that bad? I don't think so. However, overdose of caffeine is dangerous.

Anyway, too much of anything even finest thing can be bad. Too much water and you drown. Too much food and you get sick. Even having too much money can sometimes be worrisome having to worry of thieves breaking into our house or kidnap our love ones. Good works and good health are the exception that I can think of.

"Too much work, too much vacation, too much of any one thing is unsound." - Walter Annenberg

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal" - Matthew 6:19

"If a person studies too much and exhausts his reflective powers, he will be confused, and will not be able to apprehend even that which had been within the power of his apprehension. For the powers of the body are all alike in this respect." - Maimonides

“Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them! There is great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have enough but not too much who are the happiest.” - Peace Pilgrim

“The happiness of too many days is often destroyed by trying to accomplish too much in one day. We would do well to follow a common rule for our daily lives - DO LESS, AND DO IT BETTER.” - Dale E. Turner

What do you think? Do you have any problem knowing how much is too much?

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haze said...

Thats absolutely right... too much of something is bad enough. Just exactly the same of what my husband says, that Im too hardworking just to earn money and sometimes sleep only few hours a night or nothing at all. I guess I should start to minimise this stuff or else it will lead me into a bad health and my poor Kids and husband will suffer. For me Its like there is no tomorrow and that is a bad thing to think .

This articles is bang on. I agree with you Sam. Thanks once again

JesseTheCat said...

too much of anything is apparently not very good, lol, Sam...I have a few bad habits to of them is coffee, another tea..and another..a tad of laziness when it comes to chores. I always tend to say, I shall do that I procrastination on my plate as well...

Jennifer said...

My grandmother, and father had a saying... "moderation in all things." I think it is good advice!

In the United States, we have a society that is largely focused on posessions... it is as if there is never enough or one can never be satisfied.

Greed is in opposition to satisfaction.

Thank you for this lovely thought Sam... I hope your day is a good one!



Sam Chan said...

Hi Haze,
Thank you very much for your honest views. Well, me too have the same thinking - that it is like there is no tomorrow. Thus, I also sleep very late. Nevertheless we all know that this kind of life style is not very healthy.

We do need to encourage and remind one another to think about this. I wonder whether too much blogging - can it be bad too? LOL :-)

Blessings to you, Haze

Sam Chan said...

Well, that's the problem all of us are facing. We know... yet we could not help ourselves.

"People, with rare exceptions, do not fail because they lack knowledge, education or talents. They fail chiefly because of what they do not do."

Let's help one another to cultivate good habits.

Have a great day, Jesse!
Many Blessings and Joy to you, Jesse!

Sam Chan said...

Jennifer, your grandmother and father are right! They had given you great advice.

Well, not only USA, but almost everywhere people are focusing too much on possessions. Everyone of course that includes me needs to be reminded to be moderate.

I love your quote: "Greed is in opposition to satisfaction". Thanks!

Have a enjoyable day, Jennifer.

WaterLearner said...

Hi Sam!

Thanks for the good post!

Indeed Moderation is an art for everything in life.

One of the five classics in Confucius' school of thought is the Big Learning - The way of cultivation to be a Refined man.

In the Big Learning, there are five steps. And the first step is knowing WHEN TO STOP.

Simple as it sounds, hard to put into practice.


J@n!ce said...

Too much of anything is definitely no good. Whatever we consume, it must be in moderation. To achieve a balanced diet : "Eat a little of everything but NOT ALL of something"

I've cut down my coffee intake to one cup each day now :)

JesseTheCat said...

I will try to follow Janices example and cut down my coffee to one cup...but I can still drink tea, I guess...just get myself a very healthY tea.Yes, too much of Anything can be bad in many ways.I am also going to look into my diet, as I eat too much protein, I love pasta and cheese and all kinds of yummy stuff but I eat to much of it.I want to clean up my diet act and lose a few and also achieve some balance. :)

Sam Chan said...

Hi Karen,

You are indeed a wise woman! Although I am not Chinese educated, I do understand that Classics Chinese are tough. I believe I can learn a great deal from your sharing!

Karen, Thank you for your insight and wisdom!

Many Blessings to you.

Sam Chan said...

Indeed, many of us know that too much of anything is no good. However, many just could not control themselves.

There are articles that mentioned a few cups of coffee can help woman to have good memory.

Well, how many cups you drink in the past?

Best Wishes to you Janice.

Sam Chan said...

Great Jesse!
Let's watch our diet so that we could remain healthy.

Many Blessings to you, Jesse!

J@n!ce said...

Sam, no wonder I am slowing losing my memory... now I know why :) :)

I used to drink about 3 cups a day before having the kiddo :)

Sam Chan said...

Hi Janice,
Could it be because you don't have enough sleep due to excessive blogging! :)

Anyway, the external link in this post do says... "Research also shows that drinking three cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by as much as 60%."

Hehe... so are you going to use that finding as a good reason to increase your coffee intake? :-)

I had been posting quite a number of posts in regards to coffee lately. See my next post and you will know what I mean. :-)

Best Wishes to you, Janice.

JesseTheCat said...

Yes...each time I Manage to visit your sites, I really and honestly learn something new.My only setback online is my bad isp.I have read several of your articlcles here that proved extremely helpful and interesting.Wish I could visit more often.Have a great weekend to Sam and family :)

Sam Chan said...

Hi Jesse,
Thank you very much! Even though you have a tough time with your internet line, you still make the effort to visit my blogs. I really appreciate it very much.

Once again, thank you! You too have a great weekend, Jesse.

Blessings to you my dear friend!