Dare to Deploy
By Laurie Beth Jones
If you ever met someone named Ann Hedonia, she probably wouldn’t be much fun to be around, given the root origins of her name. “Anhedonia” is the Greek term meaning “the inability to experience pleasure.” And surprising, this syndrome is something that afflicts even the very wealthy among us.
The fear of thirst is the thirst that is never quenched, because it is a feeling not based on fact, but on negative assumptions about a future that hasn’t arrived. Likewise, ‘anhedonia’ means that whoever has it cannot experience the feeling of pleasure, excitement, (or wealth).
How many really wealthy people do you know, or read about, who do not feel rich? For too many people, enough is never enough. When asking millionaires how much money they need to feel secure, many of them say “more than I have.” This may not be the symptom of greed, so much as the inability to recognize, relish, and experience the wealth that is currently in their grasp.
Recently I took on a new slogan for my life. It is this: Dare to Deploy, and Dare to Enjoy.
The Dare to Deploy was a challenge to my inner self to activate my savings and stored up future imaginings NOW, in the present. Inspired perhaps by the death of my high school best friend due to leukemia, as well as the ongoing awareness of mortality all around us, I decided to to make real what I had been saving for “someday.” For me, being a Wind/Fire, this meant being drawn to all things in motion. I purchased an RV. I bought an electric bike. I sold off a rental property to pay off a home I wanted to focus more time on, and in. I put my sometimes sporadic giving into an automatic payment mode, ensuring a steady flow to the causes I care about. Quit hoarding and start snowboarding was the feeling I was going for.
Dare to Enjoy is perhaps a bit more challenging for me. Always on a quest for the next hill, the next book, the next idea, I have often not realized the beauty all around me, or even taken the time to enjoy the fruits of my labor.
Whether it is a sunny day on my back deck, or hearing “Higher! Throw me higher!” from four year old Jonesie as I toss him onto a down comforter while he squeals in delight….I must deliberately remind myself to make the space and take the time just to BE. To Be surrounded by enjoyable people, places, and yes even things. (Ask me about my Specialized 2.0 Como bright yellow electric bike named “Lemoncello” and you will hear an earful about the joy it has brought me.)
How much did it cost? is no longer the right question. The right question is What joy does it bring you? and what did you Dare to Deploy to bring you here, to this bright yellow shining moment of time.
Dare to Deploy. Dare to Enjoy. I may even ask Ann Hedonia if she would like a ride. *