Friday, 1 April 2011
Enjoyment, on the other hand, is not always pleasant, and it can be very stressful at times. A mountain climber, for example, may be close to freezing, utterly exhausted, and in danger of falling into a bottomless crevasse, yet he wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
Sipping a piña colada under a palm tree at the edge of the turquoise ocean is idyllic, but it just doesn't compare to the exhilaration he feels on the windswept ridge. chess players continue to play, despite the fact that at the end of a day's tournament they can barely stand up from the table, and are coping with an aching head and a bursting bladder.
Dancers sacrifice their entire lives to the iron discipline of their art, giving up relationships, parenthood, and most of the other pleasures of life in order to excel in it. At the moment it is experienced, enjoyment can be both physically painful and mentally taxing; but because it involves a triumph over the forces of entropy and decay, it nourishes the spirit. Enjoyment is the foundation for memories that, in retrospect, enrich lives, and give confidence for facing the future. M. Csikszentmihalyi