Maintain Balance in the Face of “Good” Addictions

Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Chris Bennett


Addictions may have good intentions.  Lifting weights is a good habit, but it may mask a release of stress, which could lead to injury if the body is pushed too hard.  Running is a great addiction, but any runner or athlete for that matter will tell you that pavement and knees ultimately do not mix without moderation and tender loving care of your body.


What is your addiction?  What is the one habit you can or cannot be without?  Life is a consistent rotation of addictions, good and bad. The idea though, is to admit when one addiction is harmful no matter what the associated pleasures may be, and embrace a balanced state of mind and body.  After all, “good” addictions like running can help us have at least a little serenity each day.


Find a positive habit that allows calm for just a few minutes, or even a few seconds. People struggle with this concept, as simple as it may be. Addictions themselves can bring into true light what it means to make every day count. Fixations of addiction are mere masks of determination. The direction of the determination is left to the addict.


Good addictions are not limited to exercise.  What about idealism?  How do people become socially “addicted” to ideas insofar that they become mentally isolated?  Compromise is the key term that must be associated with any form of self-indulgence in an idealistic fashion.  Politics.  That is all you have to think of when I mention self-indulgence in idealistic fashions.  How does moderation fit with such good “addictions”?  Listen.  Be open to others.  This does not mean you must agree with their point of view.  However by simply listening to another perspective and giving that perspective the same respect you desire, I guarantee you will learn something … and you will maintain balance.


The best overall example I can give however, is that habitual cup, or pot, of morning joe. If you are a habitual coffee drinker, whether it’s lattes or the morning fix of a Venti Bold, go three consecutive days with zero caffeine and see what happens. You might want to buy some headache medication first though.  Speaking from experience, caffeine withdrawal feels like a boxing match. 


There is nothing wrong with good coffee. However as in everything else, moderation is the key.  This is the only way to calm the pleasure sensations and take back control – remember … balance is the key.


“Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.”
-Robert Fulghum


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Posted on 15 November, 2008 in Balance, Fitness & Health, Happiness, Making the Day Count
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