Moderation, the last Value
1. the quality of being moderate; restraint; avoidance of extremes or excesses; temperance.
2. the act of moderating.
in moderation, without excess; moderately; temperately: to drink in moderation.
In this journey throughout the year of reviewing the 12 values that our group is based on, we are hoping to better ourselves in the process as well as to find quality people to represent us that also adhere to the values of South Florida 912.
Moderation, as the last of the Values, is a really tough one. To live temperately is a very hard task for most; to spend moderately or eat moderately or even drink moderately, may be a very difficult task. I personally have been working this year on spending moderately: Learning to save, pay off debts and recover from many past bad financial decisions. It has been one journey of epic proportions to say the least,and may possibly be fodder for a book some day. However my family and I took this challenge on at the beginning of the year and as the end of the year approaches, we still have so much farther to go. But we are living moderation every day in order to make the changes needed.
We need moderation by our Congress and Tallahassee and our County Commission. They need moderation in spending of our money; and at times they need to be able to choose to not spend it at all.
Moderation in behavior, for example, how a person dresses or how a person acts, represents them and their family at all times. I talk to my children about this all the time: when they leave the house, even if electronically (e.g. Facebook etc…) they represent our family. It is a quality that is important when trying to find someone to represent us in the political realm as well.
Moderation in the use of electronics and watching TV is important too. We must during this Christmas season be careful to use moderation with our purchases and to be sure to spend quality time with our families, such as playing games, playing catch, going on hikes or sitting by a campfire or just talking. We can get consumed without moderation by the electronics, the spending, the drinking, the socializing and not be focused on what is truly important: our family, our friends, and our relationship with God. Once these are focused and in line, then we can then be sure to help out and volunteer in our community as well as monitor the news and participate as much as we can.
We need representatives who use moderation in their personal and physical behaviours, however not necessarily, in their politics. We seek a true conservative to lead us in 2012. It is true that our choices for 2012 may not be what we had originally hoped for, however we need to seek the best candidate that is a true conservative and lives by the values of our group.
Merry Christmas and be safe and well.
God Bless You,
The Armstrong Family