It appears to me that they who in proof of any assertion rely simply on the weight of authority, without adducing any argument in support of it, act very absurdly. I, on the contrary, wish to be allowed freely to question and freely to answer you without any sort of adulation, as well becomes those who are in search of truth.
— Vincenzio Gallilei (1581)
A reminder to not let the little things take up all the space in your life so you can focus on the things that really matter.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
One of the most common pieces of advice many people hear is something along the lines of, “Everything in moderation.” Of course, this advice usually comes in response to over indulgence in something that the advice giver thinks is bad for you.
“Beer is fine, but in moderation.”
“It’s OK to watch TV / play video games / whatever, just do it in moderation.”
While this makes some sense at first glance, moderation in everything is a sure path to mediocrity. Unless, of course, moderation itself is practiced in moderation. Passionate pursuit of anything is, almost by definition, not moderate.
So, instead of “everything” in moderation, pursue in moderation only those things that do not help you achieve your purpose, your passion. We all need to take a break at times, to let off steam or to just veg (or geek) out.
To those things that are your passion, your purpose, devote as much time and energy as you can. Passion is no place for moderation.