The best moments

The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… the best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.

— Mihály Csíkszentmihályi

(For me, this summer: Underwear-swimming in cold lakes, long bike rides, scavenger hunt-induced madness, a fast, hilly drive through central New York nowhere.)

3 thoughts on “The best moments

  1. See, I totally disagree – Mihály Csíkszentmihályi. The times that my mind or body are stretched to the limit fracking stress me out.

    This is why it’s the things on the weekends I remember and cherish, and life during the week that I really don’t.

    But I’ll give you the worthwhile piece. Although I believe most things worth while don’t stretch my mind or body – they feel natural, comfortable, and fulfilling.

  2. i am totally with you on the natural, comfortable and fulfilling for many things. For this quote, I think the keys for me are _voluntary effort_ to accomplish something difficult but _worthwhile_. So for me, it only works if I wanted to be there in the first place and believe the outcome will be worth the temporary pain.

  3. The body/mind stretching always stresses me the damn out.

    It’s the recovery period, when the work is done and I’m centered and I’m calmer than ever before, when I can look back at the work done and see how much farther along I am now and how more capable of XYZ I have become — THAT’S when I feel the effects that Chicks-sent-me-high talks about.

    While I’m doing it, though? I’m winded. And I’m not always the happiest of campers.

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