: avoiding extremes of behavior or expression: observing reasonable limits
: calm, temperate



Moderation (n.): early 15th century, from Old French moderacion (14th century) “alteration, modification; mitigation, alleviation,” from Latin moderationem (nominative moderatio) “a controlling, guidance, government, regulation; moderation, temperateness, self-control,” noun of action from moderatus.



“Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.”

William Blake (1757-1827, English engraver, artist, poet, and author; in the early 21st century, he was regarded as the earliest and most original of the Romantic poets, but in his lifetime he was generally neglected or dismissed as mad)

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“Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance.”

Anne Sexton (1928-1974, American poet, known as an important “Confessional” poet, who was a Pulitzer Prize recipient of her book, “Live or Die,” published in 1966; she also received other numerous honors and awards)

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“Complete abstention may be much easier than moderation.”

Marjorie Pay Hinckley (1911-2004, author of the book, “Small and Simple Things,” mother, and the wife of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints President Gordon B. Hinckley)

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Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl chain of all virtues.”

Joseph Hall (1574-1656, English bishop, moral philosopher, and satirist, “remarkable for his literary versatility and innovations”)

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“People who are always taking care of their health are like misers, who are hoarding a treasure which they have never spirit enough to enjoy.”

Laurence Sterne (1713-1768, Irish novelist and an Anglican clergyman, wrote the novels, “The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy” and “Gentleman and A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy,” and published many sermons, memoirs, and was involved in local politics)

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“Is Control controlled by its need to control? Answer: yes.”

William S. Burroughs (1914-1997, Beat Generation writer, best known for his accounts of drug culture; best known for “Naked Lunch” and “Ah Pook is Here! and Other Texts”)

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“My dear friend, clear your mind of cant [excessive thought]. You may talk as other people do: you may say to a man, "Sir, I am your most humble servant." You are not his most humble servant. You may say, "These are bad times; it is a melancholy thing to be reserved to such times." You don't mind the times ... You may talk in this manner; it is a mode of talking in Society; but don't think foolishly.”

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, English critic, biographer, essayist, poet, and lexicographer; regarded as one of the greatest literary figures of 18th century)

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“Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance.”

Anne Sexton


Enthusiasm and exuberance for life can guide us to a place of passion and purpose; and moderation can lead us to states of calm, peace, and balance.  It doesn’t always have to be a choice of either or, but rather a focus to connect to life’s waves and spectrums of  possibilities.

To be divine co-creators in the world, we must be excited about life.  But, we must also move methodically to carve out the time and space in which we can become the artists, creators, and masters we were born to be.  Whether we are geniuses of compassion, kindness, beauty, art, math, relationships, community, nature, the cosmos, or more, what matters is that we move forward with enthusiasm and centeredness.

Our natural world can teach us much about the light spectrum of passion and moderation, if we pay close attention.

The elemental realms for instance, such as fire, water, earth, and wind are some of our greatest teachers.  Fire in moderation provides us with warmth and teaches us much about divine passion.   But, fire out of alignment, is uncontrollable, inconsolable, and chaotic at best.

Bodies of water are not only living examples of beauty and grace, but they provide nourishment, vibrancy, and reflections of the love we humans have or have not for each other and for this world.

Wind, as another living example, can hug, massage, soothe, or whip us into submission.  Our brothers and sisters of the Hopi Native American tribe believe that the wind is The Holy Spirit, who speaks clearly to us.

As for our Beloved Mother Earth who loves us despite how much we have cursed and abused her; she in all of her glory and wisdom continues to be an example of moderation and passionate enthusiasm for mankind through her abilities to protect and wake us up when need be.

Continue to dig deep, sojourners!  There’s so much learn.

Much Love, Tonya






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