Coach Joy Tanksley of Being Joy invited me to contribute to the Self Discovery Word by Word Blogger Series which has motivated bloggers to engage in meaningful self-reflection by focusing on just one word. A few months ago I shared my very personal contribution for the word vulnerable. This month's word is pleasure, a word I think is perfect for February. Pleasure is defined as "agreeable sensations". A part of my soul really enjoys being what the French call a bon vivant. A bon vivant is a good liver or a person who enjoys the finer things in life like good food and drink. Pleasure is the stimulation of the senses. When I think of pleasure I think of indulging those five senses in a few of my favorite ways:
Pleasure takes me both outside of myself and into my own skin. Nothing is more pleasurable than being fully in your own power and feeling appreciated. I recommend total self-appreciation but if others want to chime in and appreciate you I say allow them in! Pleasure requires some letting go. Although sometimes exchange is involved in pleasure. Such as a willingness to gain 5 pounds in exchange of the pleasure of eating holiday cookies. One might give up several hours of time to see a movie they really love. Then again, pleasure can motivate one to be more disciplined such as working out hard to earn a really decadent dinner.