That’s a strange title for a blog, no? No!
It’s an expression that my kids and I used when they were little. ”Just a dot, not a lot” of _____________ (glue, ketchup, toothpaste, milk, etc.). It’s a very useful expression, especially when speaking with little ones who are learning to do things on their own.
As time has marched on, I’ve found it to be a very useful expression for life in general. Almost anything is alright in small doses. After the first “dot,” however, the economic law of diminishing marginal returns comes into play. The law states that adding one additional production variable, while holding all other variables constant, will at some point yield lower per-unit returns. You’re probably wondering how that relates to the theme of my blog. Fair enough.
That first bite of chocolate is good. Sometimes it’s really, REALLY good. And that second bite is pretty satisfying as well. The third bite is nice. The fourth… well, it is still chocolate. The fifth, eh, whatever. From then on out, not really worth it. The key for me has been to savor that first bite, then to stop. I go out on top. I win! I enjoyed and was satisfied from that one first bite, then I move on.
You may have also noticed the subtitle of my blog. As my brother likes to say, “All things in moderation, including moderation.” That is sage advice, as well. During my journey there have been a few times where just a dot wasn’t enough. While it sounds counterintuitive, those lapses in moderation have kept me on track.
Food for thought.
P.S. There’s a “Just a dot, not a lot” Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/justadotnotalot) that I welcome you to Like. In the coming weeks, look for pictures, tips, tricks and observations, as well as guest bloggers.