Pleasant

Definitions: (1) agreeable to the mind or the senses, beautiful; pleasurable; (2) having an agreeable manner; amiably cheerful; (3) presenting an attractive appearance; elegant; (4) merry; jesting; jocular; (5) lively playfulness; sportive

Synonyms: amusing, good-humored, gratifying, humorous, jocose, witty

Too Far: hedonistic

Comment: If your goal is strictly pleasure, comfort, and the accouterments of an easy life, then you will work to acquire those things. But admit what you are passing up to satisfy the pleasure goal. Pleasure has its value, but so do any and all of the other individual qualities. Life is sweetest when you are in the process of acquiring a wide range of qualities. Pleasure for oneself without care for others will only lead to selfishness.

Admonitions:

• Beware the enslaving power of pleasure.

• Take heed of the tyranny of the distraction.

• It takes courage and insight to choose a life that includes, but also transcends, pleasure.