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PLEASURE VS JOY

Friday, February 22, 2008


I SAW THIS AND IT REMINDED ME THAT WHAT WE ARE ALL TRYING TO FIND TRUE JOY IN OUR LIVES. HOPEFULLY WITH THE CHANGES WE ARE MAKING IN OUR LIVES WE WILL BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE IT!



As we move along the path in life, in search of many things, we often make the mistake of seeking short term pleasure at the cost of long term joy. Many people confuse the two. Imagine going out to a gourmet restaurant every night for a month and feasting on great meals and luscious desserts. This is pleasure. But look at yourself in the mirror after that month and I don’t think you will be so joyous. As joy is much deeper, it is being deeply satisfied with an accomplishment. If instead, you had put together a serious program, of eating healthy and fitness – and worked on it for 6 months – you would actually feel the joy of accomplishment and joy of where you are at.

Pleasure generally requires no effort. Joy on the other hand, has an aspect of pleasure, but its core existence is connected to working hard and succeeding at something. Joy is seeing your children graduate college or moving into a new home. Joy is the feeling after you have learned a new language or have elevated yourself spiritually. Pleasure is not something negative at all. It is a gift we have been given. We just have to learn moderation and to appreciate true vs. passing values
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  • -HEALTHYME-
    That is so true that we need to learn moderation. This blog really has me thinking...
    4750 days ago
  • KIMCATUS
    Exactly...what a great way to think about it and an eloquent way to say it! Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom!!
    4750 days ago
  • DANDYBAGGNS
    What a great idea to have her ring tone be Anchors Away :)
    I am going to steal that thought, the only drawbck is tht the song makes me all teary eyed now. They make us all so proud of them.
    4750 days ago
  • CATIATM
    You are a deep thinker, and you're absolutely right. Keep the wisdom coming!
    4750 days ago
  • STARTSPARKING
    What profound wisdom! Pleasure versus joy... That's truly food for thought. Thank you so much for sharing.
    4750 days ago
  • DANDYBAGGNS
    I like that concept. Almost like pleasure is the single step in time and joy is the journey. :) Thanks for the happy comments on my spark page.. graduation was awesome! i have never been more proud of michael as i was when i saw them standing in the review and knowing that he made it through boot camp. He says that tech a-school is fairly easy right now.

    Grins.

    Pleasure is getting his year book and dvd. Joy is actually being at Great lakes and hearing them saying their sailors creed and hearing them sing anchors away and the star-spangled banner.
    4751 days ago
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