One sentence that really leapt out of the book at me was:
Eating nothing is easy. Eating something, but not very much, is an ever-lovin' bitch...
It's the power of excess.
You know that I'm not just talking about diets and food here. Exercise, work, hobbies, immaculate homes--anything can be achieved through single-minded focus. The problem is that such single-mindedness always comes at a cost. Other, equally important, parts of life break down and eventually we must attend to them.
Exercise is a classic example. I know when I first start out on a fitness program, the day is organised around that jog or gym session. I will NEVER miss it. Never, never, never. I contort my whole schedule to make it. After a period of time, however, (days/weeks/months--insert your own level of determination), I realise how much I miss coffee with friends, or there's a mountain of washing in the laundry that's driving me nuts..or...or.
It doesn't really matter which alternative activity to fitness is put above. The important point that Shriver makes is that there will be one. The original goal will lose its shiny, good looks and seems dull and lacklustre. Remind me, why I was ever so fixated on jogging again?
Balance is the key, but often, unfortunately, very, very hard.
In other news, here's something there's never an excess of.
It's been a bumper pansy year. They're growing in a pot outside my writing shed, and make the place look so cheery.
I hope today finds you with a flower or two as well.