Acknowledging what pleases, teases us – so “out-there” …
Is that how we measure life’s value, values and rewards?
Savouring creature comfort, so lovely … comes with price tags.
Pay money. Get whatever you want.
So many of our greatest joys are free, or modestly priced.
Like sleep, dreams, dessert. Hot soaks, joys and pleasures, creature comforts – new car, new travel destinations, new (fill in your own blank).
Few things feel better than when our pleasure-list mode kicks in: think great golf shot … think great sleep, lascivious lingering, cooking/eating great meals, a fantastic vista for the first time.
When occasional reward becomes everyday expectation, is there value at all?
Was there any in the first place?
Take this think-trip with me …
Please – moving away from pleasure-treasure mode to explore sectors of our lives, where feeling – deep, visceral, powerful and rewarding – inspires creative accomplishment, life accomplishment, citizen accomplishment.
I don’t know/feel religious furvour, but there is something magical about how those folks demonstrate how they feel.
Imagine feeling that strongly …
Imagine that, because we walked a straight line, fought some injustice, cut a fair deal or helped someone out of some hole or rut they were in.
Or pulled ourselves from one.
Imagine, feeling THAT good.
Creative lives, work lives, citizen lives – each generate THAT.
Not often enough.
Which begs questions about purpose and value and actions.
Moments we treasure in life – those never-forget-them lessons and joys and sometimes pains, those meaning-of-life moments …
I’ll bet none of yours came from or are found on your pleasure list, none of them.
None of mine.
written / published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: 15C/59F, sunny and calm, Gusta looking ragged (she’s started shedding the coat – oh joy, I just love vacuuming), streets are Sunday-morn quiet, perfect mid point of a lazy lovely long weekend …
"What makes luck:" I don't believe in luck; too random for my taste. Some call it Karma, some call it the reaping and sowing principle. I believe that for the most part everything that happens to us is a direct result of some action or lack of action that we, ourselves, have executed. Good actions reap good results and the benefits (rewards) flow forward. Some times much later than the action which makes it difficult to recognize the cause and effect of it. Do bad things happen to good people? Obviously they do or so we think. GW, Bon Wier, Tx.
Hi Mark. Just dropping a line to say hi. I've now referred your blog to six people. You sound blue, or pensive, or something. Keep your chin up. There were happier times before and there are certainly happier times ahead, RP, Toronto, ON
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