Read the following, pause and think about it – then have your say:
I get the sentiment and think there is much to say for aspiring to achievements others think you cannot reach but I disagree completely that it is the ‘greatest pleasure’.
For me personally, at least, I can think of dozens of other things which would bring me far greater pleasure not least of which being to being ‘to do what I say to MYSELF I cannot do’ though that is far from the top of the list of my personal pleasures even so.
I totally agree, this would be more relevant to me as a teenager than now and I recall one such incident where I did what I was told I couldn’t do. It was a satisfaction albeit a very temporary one.
Extending on this point, I doubt if I have yet found the ‘greatest pleasure’ in my life yet. I mean, I’ve done and do things that give me tremendous amounts of pleasure but the pleasure is temporary and diminishes with time, especially when what I’ve done or do becomes repetitive. Does this make sense?
Yes it does though I have to say that as I get older I’m starting to find things going the opposite way. I take great pleasure in very simple things – often things which are repetitive – and certainly find great comfort in them. Many things I wouldn’t have given a moment’s thought too ten years ago I now thoroughly enjoy and that seems to grow each day.That’s possibly a sign of my age though!
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