“the state or process of taking pleasure in something.”
To what degree do we actually SACRIFICE enjoyment without awareness?
This is an important question because many people equate enjoyment with immediate gratification. This is one of the primary reasons our country has a growing health and debt crisis. The phrase, “live for the moment” is often misinterpreted with devastating outcomes. It is NOT the same thing as “live ONLY for the moment.”
We are a society that tends to live life with an “ALL” or “NOTHING” attitude. We diet to lose weight without ever LEARNING to satisfy our nutritional needs for healthy long term weight loss. We cut up credit cards to reduce our spending without ever LEARNING how to budget for long term financial freedom. We approach life without a PLAN OF ACTION and can’t understand why “happiness” evades us.
WE WANT, WE WANT, WE WANT, but are not willing to learn to implement what it takes to achieve these goals.
In a world filled with chaos and stress, our innate need to balance these negative forces is PASSIVELY pursued by seeking “PERCEIVED” ENJOYMENT. The problem is, we are not willing to ACTIVELY learn and implement what it takes to achieve REAL ENJOYMENT. We substitute IMMEDIATE GRATIFICATION to create a sense of “perceived enjoyment” at our own detriment.
Interestingly, we choose UNHEALTHY FOOD as our main “TOOL” to alleviate personal stress as well as REWARD personal accomplishments. We choose foods destructive to our bodies and our minds without giving it a second thought.
IN BOTH CASES, THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN PERCEIVED “ENJOYMENT.”
True enjoyment adds VALUE to our lives. Creating TIME to witness and experience beauty and joy in the world we live is a source of “TRUE” ENJOYMENT.
Watching a child’s performance in a school play or athletic performance in a competition adds “TRUE” ENJOYMENT to our lives. Sharing a vacation experience with a spouse and learning about different cultures and historical events adds “TRUE” ENJOYMENT to our lives. These are ALL experiences that enhance our quality of living.
We should consider re-evaluating our approach to life in order to LEARN to IMPLEMENT experiences that add VALUE and MEANING to fulfill our lives. By achieving these goals, we achieve TRUE ENJOYMENT rather than “PERCEIVED” ENJOYMENT.
This path reduces our need for immediate gratification (which often causes LONG TERM HARM) and helps us find a HEALTHY level of BALANCE to achieving LONG TERM ENJOYMENT.
Once achieved, the individual can then incorporate unhealthy food choices within a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. It becomes a source of balance to healthy eating rather than a temporary “solution” to stress or a “destructive” reward for achievement.
Seeing “TRUE” ENJOYMENT from this new perspective can help reveal life’s stagnant rituals. This, in turn, creates better self awareness that can help motivate oneself to move beyond current plateaus. Accepting mediocrity (or “PERCEIVED” ENJOYMENT) becomes a less desirable CHOICE and is no longer seen as an inevitable outcome. Self imposed limitations for achieving “TRUE” ENJOYMENT becomes a “thing of the past!”
ARE YOU READY TO REPOSITION YOUR LIFE ON THE “ENJOYMENT” SCALE?