Sunday, June 24, 2007

Sunday Scribblings-I Have A Secret...

The secret to success. The secret to long life. The secret to a successful relationship. The secret to losing weight. The secret to youthful looking skin. The secret to parenting. The secret to happiness. Secrets, secrets, secrets...

The media teases us everyday with promises of solutions to life's problems, inferring that this information is closely guarded and kept by a priveleged few magazine editors and infomerical directors. Is there really a "secret" to attaining these elusive states?

I rather doubt it. I just finished reading Mary Morris' new memoir, River Queen, in which she writes about her father who recently passed away after living to the ripe old age of 102. When asked the secret to his longevity, he always replied, "Nothing in excess."

I suspect that advice could be the secret key to unlocking the Pandora's box of eternal questions life presents us. If we work, play, eat, and drink in moderation, life becomes healthier and a lot more bearable. Whenever we get greedy~for food, satisfaction, excitement, or money~we often find ourselves with more trouble than we bargained for.

There's no secret to understanding this advice - it's really just common sense.



Blogger Annie said...

Moderation. Yes, that is definitely one of the secrets.

Anonymous bella said...

Totally right! I couldn't agree more.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's no secret to understanding this advice - it's really just common sense.

I sometimes wonder if common sense in and of itself is a secret to most folks. Making the "nothing in excess" advice quite a secret.

Blogger sundaycynce said...

Nice take on this prompt. Everyone wants to sell us "secrets," but the best secret really is mostly using common sense and moderation. I would hate to think those 2 were secrets to most of the world.

Anonymous gautami said...

Thoughtful post on secrets. Enjoyed reading it.

Blogger paris parfait said...

Absolutely! Almost everyone who lives to a ripe old age says something similar abour moderation.

Blogger wendy said...

Yes very true....but alace balance must be PRACTICEd, not bought. And moderation is not a very sexy tag is hardly ever "sold". Not much profit.

Good thinking.

Anonymous Matthew said...

Yes Becca, so simple yet at times so hard to stay within our own means. Thank for the reminder!


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