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.