When Aristotle Onassis married United States president John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s widow, Jacqueline, it was, in my humble opinion, one of the most defining moments in his life. This Greek-Argentine shipping magnate was on the top of his world; he walks like a god.
What he wants, he gets. Life, according to him, is all about winning. He had this extremely compulsive desire to win in everything. So his winning of former U.S. first lady’s heart, among many of his other conquests, served to cement his mastery over such a mantra. Jackie was as popular as she was beautiful.
Winning is not everything
But what Onassis thought that winning was everything won’t always be the case. In the later part of his life, he was humbled down to embrace the facts of life not always going to his favor. He was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis which is an incurable disease of the nerves by which the body turns against itself.
On his grave, his closest friend Costas, lamented and was quoted as saying these words: “You taught me how to live. You taught me that the only thing needful in life is winning. We forgot we are not gods.”
Keeping the balance and moderation in everything is the best way to live
When you reached the point where your mind (intellect) is in total harmony with your physical self, then you were able to find your balance. It is in the way you handle life’s complexities and to replace them with a refined code of your own.
Winning is necessary only if it is aimed for the things that could nourish both the body and soul. Oftentimes, more people are motivated for the material and physical gains leaving the intellectual or spiritual aspect malnourished.
The math of life
What you will lack in quantity you will make up for in quality. But making it vice versa is optional. Quality should be the base by which the quantities (elements) of life revolve. So that’s the math of life, more is less and less is more.
No matter how expertly Onassis had amassed himself with enormous material wealth, yet he found himself wanting in the end. His existence became obese by neglecting the well-balanced life that he must have been living.