Can you have too much of a good thing?
I have met my match. I give in.
I wasn’t sure it was possible. “Too much of a good thing.”
When you don’t have much of the good thing then too much sounds fine. Oh so fine.
But what happens when you actually get lots (and lots) of that good thing. Then what?
You “won,” right?
You got the good thing, then you got lots of it and now you have “too much” but how can there be too much of a good thing?
But it happened.
In this particular case, see the accompanying photo. That’s a Reese’s peanut butter cup. Ask anyone who comes to visit me from the States what I politely request that they slip into their checked baggage:
My sister outdid herself this past Christmas. Apparently, available in limited supply and only at exclusive, high-end shops, you can get your hands (both hands) on a 2-pound Reese’s. There are two cups, so that’s one pound each. For those of you who have evolved beyond the antiquated (and oh-so-quaint) measurements that the U.S. still can’t advance beyond, one pound is 0.45 kilograms. Two pounds is thus about a kilo.
That’s what people sometimes have as their new year’s resolution goal to lose–not to gain.
If you still don’t believe me, see the photo below. Note the use of everyday objects so you can see it to scale. See how the diameter is larger than an apple? See that other Reese’s (Big Cup) next to it? It’s dwarfed like Earth next to Jupiter.
I have indeed met my match. There can be too much of a good thing.
I have enough. I am content with the world. I go in search of new adventures.
Beyond Chocolate & Peanut Butter
If I dare take this metaphor beyond the delicious realm of candy, is it possible that there is too much of a good thing elsewhere?
I almost don’t dare say this, but I have so much writing in my life, it is a true abundance of riches. I wrote my big, nonfiction book, I’m working on three new series of fiction, each vying for first place in the love fest, and I can do it as much or as little as I like. I like it a lot.
But is it too much?
In a word: yes.
I want to break into public speaking. I want to record audiobook versions of my stories. I want to co-create to make it Better Together. I want to venture into the unknown, to fail, to get back up, to dare, to challenge, to thrive. To write. But not only write. To mix it in with just the right amount of time and energy and passion so that it creates a healthy balance.
Two pounds of Reese’s, although it sounds like a dream, is actually too much of a good thing.
What have you experienced as too much of a good thing?