Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

Don’t bite off more than you can chew.  If everyone lived by this montra, the world would change for the better.  It applies to so many aspects of our ailing society–

foreign policy: don’t go in without an exit plan

birthing rates: don’t have more children than you can support- both financially and emotionally

economy: don’t spend money you don’t have

obesity: literally, don’t bite off more than you can chew.

This would change society at large to a more self aware being that does not over-consume, over-spend, or over-extend.  Obvioiusly this does not speak directly to the developing nations that struggle to survive on a daily basis.  But I do believe that if people were generally less concerned with digging themselves out of various overwhelming situations, we’d be all together more inclined to help those in need.


7 thoughts on “Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

  1. I think this is a really important value. Moderation is something that has almost fallen by the wayside in America. In its place is materialism which has stemmed from a extreme form of the American Dream. Like you stated, the lack of moderation affects all aspects of our society. On one end overspending led to the credit crisis and on the other end, simple over-eating has led to a society that is nearly half obese. Its interesting to look at other countries that embrace the idea of putting the society first. Personally, I think economic freedom is too important to most American and the American Dream is too strongly rooted in our culture to ever see a change in our society

  2. I love this idea and it’s so true for so many situations. We definitely bite off more than we can chew all through out our lives. In school, we join way too many things we can handle, take on way too many responsibilities, and yea probably bite of more than we can chew in the Caf a few times. If we start living this idea of not biting off more than we can chew, life would definitely be a lot less complicated.

  3. This is something that everyone should put into practice. Especially this day in age, people are taking on way to much. If we all take this little life lesson to heart, then what we do end up doing, we do it better and with more concentration. I know there are aspects of my life that I wish I could put more into, but sometimes there just isn’t enough time. To prevent that, I should just do what I can handle, and do it well.

    • Ok. Well all of you stress monkeys can start with this one.

      In job searches in the middle of your Senior year, don’t bite off the expectation that you MUST have a firm offer before August 2013.

  4. i love how simple yet insightful your post is. I especially agree with your birth rates point. It frustrates me so much to see photographs of African children starving to death…not to sound insensitive, but I definitely think it’s the parents’ fault to some degree. Why bring a child into the world if you know you cannot support him or her? I think cultural issues such as lack of education also contribute to this growing problem.

    • Well, do they even have nay access to family planning? Also, if you need children to work a farm or help forage, and you know some will die, it can be rational to hedge your bets. I mean, if you are talking about high birth rates in less developed places like Africa.

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