Moderation is a difficult practice. It comes more naturally to me to do things to excess. Or not at all. Sometimes this seems like a good thing. When it seems like I am entering a state of "flow."
According to psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi flow is a state of optimal attention and immersion.
This state can be attained while pursuing enjoyable activities. Anything that you can be engaging in at your own edge of mastery.
This flow, and the pursuit of talents and hobbies that you find enjoyable can contribute greatly to overall happiness.
Of course being in the zone and making jewelry without noticing the passage of time can lead to just a few extra pairs of earrings, sore hands from twisting wire and a distinct lack of sleep. But it was great at the time.
Currently my spouse is engaged in the mastery of whole-grain bread baking. Mmmmm.
More sleeplessness at night due to sinuses. Bah. Also, forgot to take meds until 2:15 today as I was posting this.
Quaker, teacher, parent,