Sunday, November 22, 2009
One Two Many
In conversations, one too many opinions can halt the discussion instantly.
In relationships, one too many criticisms can divide two people beyond repair.
In life, one too many challenges can seem overwhelming and lead to behaviors caused by one too many stresses.
In the kitchen, we all know the old adage that too many cooks ruin the soup.
In business, too many chiefs create gridlock in decision making and forward progress.
In love, one too many half-truths can destroy trust.
In social events, one too many drinks can change acceptable behavior into unacceptable behavior.
Sometimes 50 is not too many, sometimes 3 is, it depends on the situation, but moderation in all things is a good rule no matter what the situation.
One may be the loneliest number, but sometimes two is "one two many".
It's up to each of us to recognize where OUR line is;some of us can creep close to the line and linger there without danger of crossing over, but others of us need to keep a large buffer between the line and where we are, recognizing our weaknesses and not welcoming temptation beyond our ability to manage it.
And isn't this exactly what life is all about? Managing ourselves. Avoiding temptation. Controlling our desires. Biting our tongues. Curbing our appetites. Finding our center. Bringing the reality of opposition in all things to a perfect understanding of peace and joy in our souls. Forming our identity. Claiming our place. Determining our destiny.
Learning to drive through life, belting in for the ride, reading the manual, following good examples, maneuvering the curves, heeding the warning signs, practicing defensive living, watching for others who aren't as cognizant of these things, noticing and stopping for people whose lives cross our life's path, and never, ever crossing the double yellow line. Not even hugging it...
...because sometimes in life we need a buffer and sometimes even one time is one two many.
Three Dog Night "One"