I was in Texas not long ago, when I came across the biggest flag you have ever seen.
Of course we all know everything’s bigger in Texas... But this flag was so big it just hung there, giant and limp, too heavy to fly in anything less than a hurricane.
All together now: “That’s what she said!” (Glad that’s out of the way)
But really, I think about that unflappable flag often - maybe more than I should - and the relationship we have with “more”... So many of us think that if some is good, more is better.
And then we beat ourselves up because we are never doing enough.
But more is not always better!! With all things, not just flags, there is a tipping point where more actually becomes less.
Take, for example, exercise.
Our bodies love to be physically challenged!
Moderate exercise, that’s hard but not too hard, is really good for every system of the body (digestion, immune, cardiovascular, pulmonary...).
And it keeps us energized, strong, and youthful.
But exercise that is TOO intense and sustained - like long distance running or taking Soul Cycle + Bikram Yoga + boxing class in one day - can have the reverse effect.
Not only can it lead to muscle and joint damage, but rigorous exercise that lasts more than 60 minutes can actually make you age faster and die younger!
Oh yeah, you heard right!
That’s because intense, sustained exercise causes your body to release free radicals.
Free radicals are molecules that damage your own cells - “oxidative stress”.
By definition, cell damage IS aging.
Doh! The irony !
So many people out there are kicking their own asses to stay young, but are actually aging faster!
And that’s just one example of how too much of a good thing can turn bad.
The same holds true for everything in our lives:
Work, rest, family time, friend time, fun, exercise, sex,.... There is always “not enough”, “a good amount” and “too much”. Every now and again it’s important to assess your life balance.
The more areas of your life you spend in the “good amount” zone, the happier and healthier you will be.
I hope this is helpful y’all!
Always with love, co
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