Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Deadening Effects of Habits

“Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.”

William Somerset Maugham

I don’t know who counseled that life should be “lived out loud” but clearly they were in synch with W. S. Maugham. I notice that my tendency is to fall into a sort of modulated life experience—safe but dissatisfying and boring. Sometimes some “excess” to snap out of it is called for and very productive.

How do you produce exhilaration for your life and work? Let us know by commenting!

With love and respect,



lionine said...

One of my favorite sayings: "All things in moderation -- including moderation!" This reminds me to just go and blow it out every once in a while.

Robert White said...


Love your choice of words! I laughed out loud.


Barb said...

And the scary thing is the current neuroscience research is showing how easy it is to stay stuck in them - This year I'm working on taking a lot more risks in meeting new people. Keeps it interesting.

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