I’m guessing that pleasure means many different things to each and every one of us.
Pleasure can be found in an activity such as going for a walk or meeting a friend for a coffee or meal. It can be in a sound like the chatter of birds in the trees or a baby’s chuckle, perhaps the calling of a loved one — child or adult announcing they’re home after being out or away.
Then again it can be in the act of making something — cooking a meal for another or creating a craftwork to be admired or better still used frequently.
Listening to music or watching a favourite feel-good movie can also invoke pleasure on many different levels.
For me, I’m receiving many daily doses of pleasure from my garden. When my son and daughter-in-law cleaned out my back garden in readiness for me to plant some vegetables, I could not have imagined that I would derive so much pleasure from a few hours of their time. What an amazing birthday gift — a gift that really does keep on giving.
For a start there was the time gifted to me which ultimately led to a much tidier and pleasing view of the yard. Then there came the pleasure of anticipating which veggies I could plant, followed by a progressive planting. There is still room for more, but at present there is enough. So now every day I look at my veggie garden and see how much growth has been added, now I can anticipate the future harvest and the enjoyment I will gain from picking cooking and eating the fruits — or vegetables of my labours.
A cup of coffee, glass of wine or some special food treat can impart immense pleasure — especially if these are enjoyed with convivial company.
When I stop and think about it, though-out my day I am receiving pleasure in so many ways — too many to list. But one of the best for me is that first cup of coffee in the morning, sitting on my back deck and watching the veggies growing — exclaiming over the flowers that have bloomed on the tomatoes and the pumpkins and watching the raspberries ripening. The simple things in life are truly very often the best.
What gives you pleasure ?