In his book Risk, author Kenny Luck relates a story told by Laurence Gonzales, an editor at Playboy in the 1970′s: “I was on top of the world making millions…I had a private jet, unlimited expense accounts, meals served by butlers and, of course, famous Playmates running around the mansion. One day I couldn’t take it anymore and took a walk and pondered the ultimate question: ‘Can I have too much pleasure?’”
Laurence is not the only one who has to ask himself this question. All of us should inquire whether we are living for pleasure or joy. Pleasure is easy, readily available, but temporary. Joy satisfies our deepest desires forever. Pleasure visits illicit websites when no one is looking, while joy works through the difficulties of a marital relationship for a future payoff. Pleasure seeks to escape through too much alcohol, work, or play, while joy embraces the difficulties of family responsibilities to live for the long-term gratification of children raised well. In the end, pleasure leaves us without joy, but living for joy will, in time, become our greatest pleasure. Here are 10 ways to bring joy into your life.
Huddle up with your wife tonight and ask her: “Are we living for pleasure or meaning?”