Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Terrible Tuesday - Gluttony

Thanks to Lunanik for the graphic...and the idea, of course!

Again, I don't really qualify under the first definition of the word: 1 : excess in eating or drinking. Now, of course, that's not to say that I've never overindulged in either food or drink, but I don't do it often enough to feel like it's really an issue for me.

No, I'm a 2nd definition kind of girl when it comes to these sins: 2 : greedy or excessive indulgence. I get too obsessive/excessive about certain things. I've always said that I didn't get into hard drugs because I knew myself well enough to know that I have an addictive personality. I knew I couldn't experiment with that crap; that I'd end up in a gutter faster and harder than most people, and that's because I'm completely, hopelessly addicted to caffeine and nicotine. That's enough, thank you very much.

But I also overindulge emotionally - or so I've been told. I don't just get a little sad, I get depressed. I don't just get happy, I'm bouncing off the walls and singing and dancing down the halls happy. And when I fall in love...yep, totally head over heels, STUPID in love!

Thus, the name "It's All About Balance." I know balance is something I really need to work on. That not everything has to be live or die. That if I just took it all a little less seriously (without falling onto the other end of not caring about anything), then I really would be better off.

It's an ongoing process, and I don't think we ever reach full and complete harmonic balance, but I figure the more I think about it, the more I remind myself of it, maybe...just maybe...the better I'll get at balancing myself out.

There's this great line in Into the Woods (well, a few lines):

Oh, if life were only moments
Even now and then a bad one
But if life were only moments
Then you'd never know you had one.

So true.


Me. Here. Right now. said...

The main reason I never did drugs is I'm quite sure I'd become addicted immediately and end up on skid row or else would get the bad batch.

Giving up smokes has been a bitch. Chantix finally did it for me. Giving up wine was easy.

Addictive personality? Hell yes.

Kori said...

Guilty, guilty, guilty. Although I have gone too far off the other end about which you spoke, not caring at all. Seems to work.

Anonymous said...

OH, lady, do I ever hear you on this one. I don't have a problem with gluttony and food... but yeah, addictive personality... and many many many addictions as I was growing up. I could never just do a line or a bump, no, I'd go through an 8 ball in a matter of a night and look for more... or something else to slow my heart down. And I'm a total glutton when it comes to punishment... self inflicted or otherwise....

I'm not looking forward to posting about this particular sin... leaves me much more vulnerable than I'm comfortable with.

BTW, Into the Woods is one of my ALL TIME favorite shows. :) But I think I've told you that before.

Anonymous said...

Just like you, I tend to head to the extremes when it comes to emotional stuff.

When I am happy, EVERYTHING is wonderful. One good date with someone and I'm imagining our retirement and grandkids everywhere.

One bad moment and the world is a dark, dark place. (Hello...I am taking a blogging break because of two little comments!)

Totally addicted to caffeine and getting right back into the nicotine habit ever since I started working again...

Caffeine Court said...

I'm pretty obsessive myself. Partied way too much in high school and college, and now I suck down coffee and diet coke like a crack addict!

I constantly tell myself "all things in moderation"-easy to say...not so easy to do.

My sin today...WRATH.

LunaNik said...

Genius, April! This is the most insightful and interesting take on gluttony! Kudos to you for being so effing original!!

MarĂ­a said...

I am a number one girl, all the way. Except for emotionally. I feel you on that.

I was a pot head - everyday all day for years and then I decided to conceive Bella and quit cold turkey. Gateway drug my ass...


Anonymous said...

Ah. The ever-elusive balance. It's a struggle for all of us, I think.

Anonymous said...

What an awesome post.

It makes me think.

So much so I'm not sure what to say.

Humph. But thanks for making me think.

Jen said...

I'm just learning about the balance thing in my mid-forties. Good for you for figuring it out sooner! I love the lyric from Into the Woods, too.