I was talking with a friend about a workshop she went to on happiness. The speaker drew a picture of a set of weights. On one side she wrote “Meaning.” She balanced the other side with “Pleasure.” The lesson was, “Too much meaning without enough pleasure results in burnout, resentment and anger. Too much pleasure with no meaning leads to an empty and hollow life.”
This week I’m taking a pause from writing as I seek balance by integrating recent pleasures with intense winter travel and meaningful work. I’ll share pictures from polar opposite latitudes: New Zealand at 45º South Latitude, and New England, where I live, at 45º North Latitude. Check out the similarities and differences and tell me, if you wish:
How do you find balance between meaning and pleasure?