It's interesting. The old saying “too much of a good thing” is prominent for me at the moment. From the extra condition that sits around my waistline, to the over-enthusiastic tendency towards political correctness, and the cultural upheaval the US, collapse from the peak of excess seems to be an unavoidable condition of the human experience.
The devil on your shoulder says, just squeeze a little more… you know this thing has more legs… just one more day, keep your foot on the gas…
It's too late.
You should have got out sooner. “Why didn't I listen to my gut?” you say.
More recently though, the accuracy of this idea came to me from my seven year-old daughter.
I was busy painting the landing ceiling late last night. Up a ladder staring squinty-eyed through my hand to try block the light from the recessed downlighter burning a hole in my retina.
Cara watched me as she got ready for bed and said;
It's funny, isn't it Dad? When you don't have enough light you can't see, and when you have too much light you can't see either.
I was taken aback by the level of insight I just received from this little blonde girl. Kids are not supposed to know this stuff, but the truth is they do, and sometimes they bowl us over with it.
Nobody Lost Taking A Profit
“Too much of a good thing” recognises that the coin has two sides, that the stick has two ends, and the the other side of both positive and negative experience exists.
The understanding of this idea makes us aware that we're applying too much gas, that we're flogging the horse too hard, like the folks that got caught when the markets collapsed in 2008.
A client of mine who managed to make a call before the bust comes to mind. It was 2006 or so, when he told me how he sold all his properties a year or two earlier. He decided to take his profit; “I earned enough” he said, “time for someone else to make a buck”.
He landed on the right side of that coin toss.
Losses aside, this idea also gives us the comfort that things will get better, but usually in their own time. Forcing them to improve tends to work against us.
Best to feel our way in and out. Rationality rarely works.