Many people seek to live a balanced lifestyle in which there are no extremes, no violent motions that start the pendulum’s swing. Those who do not seek balance and push themselves to extremes will find that balance is inevitable, for the harder you push, the faster and stronger its swinging arc.
You can go without food and work yourself to exhaustion and keep going, and maybe you will be greatly impressed with your own strength, but the resulting degradation to your body and mind will gradually destroy the very strength that you revel in. You can spend every moment concerning yourself with the well-being of others and fulfilling their needs, but in doing so you will neglect your own needs and find yourself an empty vessel, unable to pour yourself out.
You can take of what others will give so generously and give nothing in return, and maybe you will be pleased with how much you have, but eventually you will be left with nothing because you will use up all that you have and those who gave you all they had do not have anything left to give, and those who still have will not want to lose it all to you. You can spend all your energy on your own well-being and building yourself up, but in doing so you will alienate those who could benefit from your strength, and find yourself to be a overflowing vessel with nothing worthy into which to pour yourself, emptied to no purpose.
Push upon the pendulum of your life at your own risk, keeping in mind its tendency to come back and put you exactly where you did not want to be. When you’re playing with the inevitable forces of reality, no strategy or trick will help you avoid them.