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Offerings of delight

Updated on October 8, 2010

I picture life as a benevolent hand, offering up a tray of delicacies. Pleasures rich and rare and carefully portioned. From this tray one must choose a few things over the span of a lifetime... and the choices must be made carefully. To want too much too soon would upset the perfect balance of this golden platter.  I believe this because it has happened to me. I have been selfish, wanting to sample each of the delights in life. A day will come, as some have already, when the pleasures will lose their flavor, their savor, little by little.

This is a scattered, exhilarating, terrifying and searching way to live. It does not bring peace. Peace comes with contentment. Now the one thing I most desire to choose is elusive, as it has only come to me after many falls. I have determined that I will continue to quietly, meekly return what remains from what was taken in moments of passion and exhilaration and self-centered indifference. The voids that remain will be a payment for not choosing in wisdom and moderation.

I now know that pleasures are meant to be transitory, temporal. Overwhelming my palette, thirsting for more than was mine... that has left me with an insatiable longing that weaves its way into my every day and robs me of delight. Each one must endure the mundane, the tragic, the confusing, the angry, and the despair to truly deserve all the good that follows.


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    • russiangypsygirl profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanglynn07 Thank you so much. Yes, we have to find contentment... no tangible thing will ever satisfy. I appreciate your comments, and yours Susanmarion.

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      8 years ago from Bunnell

      Very enjoyable and I agree completely. Nice job.

    • russiangypsygirl profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      I agree wholeheartedly with that statement. Thanks for reading Philip.

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      philip carey 61 

      8 years ago

      I read a book by a Hindu sage once. He said that toys are fun, but you don't want to be playing with them all your life. Eventually, one seeks meaning, more than anything else. That's one view, anyway.

      Good read.

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      8 years ago from Long Beach, CA

      This was beautifully written! I love your usage of few words that say so much! Such a meaningful analogy on life. Makes one think...and come to the realization that we could never truly find peace until we are truly content with ourselves. Thanks for sharing! Definitely a handful of deep meaningful words! Loved it!


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