Those who know me say I am a chocoholic.
I just love chocolate, but not just any old chocolate—it has to be decent quality chocolate. Eating poor-quality chocolate to me is the equivalent of a eating a spoonful of garden dirt. Life is too short to eat poor-quality chocolate.
I recently went to a chocolate cafe with my family as a treat. This place has free samples of their lovely buttons of chocolate available, which is my idea of heaven.
We decided to indulge in some morning tea and ordered a chocolate fondue—a bowl of molten milk chocolate with a variety of sweet delights available for us to dip into the gooey concoction. When it arrived at our table my bottomless-stomached teenage son declared that this would be nowhere near enough goodies to feed us all.
But, despite our best efforts, we could not finish it. Believe me, we tried so hard, but each of us got to the point where we felt that if we ate one more thing we would be physically ill.
This experience caused me to ask myself: ‘Can there really be too much of a good thing?’
This chocolate was good and the ingredients amazing, but too much made us feel sick. The sun gives us vitamin D which is good for our wellbeing, but too much sun burns our skin. Rain is good for the gardens and drinking water supplies, but too much can be a devastating force to reckon with.
Exercise is good for the body, but too much can cause injury and damage. Medicine can cause healing, while too much can have the opposite effect. Food is necessary for survival, but too much is a problem.
Sleep is vital for sustained energy but too much can make you feel sluggish. Too much work damages close relationships, too much play means necessary tasks do not get accomplished.
It seems that with everything in life the key is balance and moderation.
King Solomon was a very wise person and his pearls of wisdom can be read in a number of places in the Bible. One of his more famous passages is from a book with a strange name—Ecclesiastes. In one chapter, he identifies that there is an ebb and flow for all things in life (Ecclesiastes chapter 3, verses 1–8).
There is a rhythm and balance associated with the common things we experience that have been happening to humans for a very long time.
Will I ever over-indulge in chocolate again? Probably.
But I will remember that there may also need to be times for less chocolate to restore balance.