If I had a cent for every guilty pleasure I indulged in, I’d not be very rich. I’m not much into feeling guilty about the pleasures in which I indulge. My moniker is, if I’m going to do it, I’d best enjoy it. Otherwise, why bother?
Guilt is too heavy and doing things I don’t enjoy, too tiring.
My thoughts on indulging in pleasures, minus the guilt, comes from a word prompt I read this morning over at Word of the Week. The prompt is “sybarite”. I couldn’t remember its definition, though I knew it was loosely related to being a hedonist, just not quite so far over the side of the pursuit of pleasure and luxury and you wind up in the vale of debauchery.
I look up the definition for sybarite and find my old friend hedonist lurking in the synonyms. Hedonist comes from the Greek word hedone“pleasure,” while Sybarite referred to inhabitants of the southern Greek town of Sybaris in Italy. They were known for their love of beautiful and expensive things. Sybarite. Hedonist. Kissing cousins with a side of guilt.
I like beautiful things. I just don’t want guilt to be part of the equation.
To indulge in a beautiful sunset, sitting on a blanket on a beach as the sun sets over the water… pure pleasure.
To savour the aroma and the feel of a hot mug of coffee in my hands as I sit at my desk in the quiet of my morning hours… absolute delight.
To watch an eagle soar. An Orca glide through the water. A dear step lightly through snow-splashed forest. An infant try to catch sunbeams streaming in through an open window. A mother nurse her baby. A dog splash in a river chasing a stick. A cat stretch out along a sun-kissed wall.
These things bring pleasure. And cost nothing more than the time to witness.
Yet, too often, it is the pursuit of pleasures that cost that occupies our time.
We chase after the big career, the next big score, the new job, the flashy watch, the shiny car, the sparkling jewellry, the bigger house…
We chase and in our chasing forget to take time to savour the simple pleasures that only ask for us to stop, take a breath and slip into the silky luxury of their presence.
Neither sybarite nor hedonist, I want to enjoy my pleasures without exhausting myself chasing after them.
What about you?
This morning’s post is a writing exercise using the word prompt from Word of the Day.
My desire was to free-fall write without editing. Just go with the flow of any thoughts that arose from the word prompt. It’s a lovely guilt-free pleasure to write without looking for meaning! To write what I sense and feel, not what I think!