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05 January 2010 @ 01:48 pm
The German word funktionslust refers to the pleasure of doing what one is made to do, or what one does best, as the pleasure of a bird flying, for example, or a cheetah running or a monkey swinging branch to branch.

What is your funktionslust? What pleases you in itself and as a thing that is essentially a part of who you are?
Kcatkcatalyst on January 5th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
Teaching, when it goes well, like it just did!

Farting around with statistical analyses.

Oddly, simple baking, like brownies or muffins gives me a similar feeling in the moment even though I don't conceptualize it as a part of me in some important way.
David Policardpolicar on January 5th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
Asking the right question.

How about you?
ruthless compassion: happy sidearoraborealis on January 5th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
* hosting
* throwing parties
* cooking (frequently, though not always)
* making things with my hands
* walking
* being the object (of, say, the camera's gaze, for example)
* some other stuff :)
Re: :) - dpolicar on January 5th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: :) - veek on January 5th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Rowan: Wintermzrowan on January 5th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
Hm...dancing, learning, teaching. Oh, and petting cats.
Blue Gargantuabluegargantua on January 5th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)

Making people laugh.

Elizabeth Hunterlillibet on January 5th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
There's a lot of overlap in these, but here goes:
- directing
- cooking
- wedding planning
- parenting
- telling stories
- reading
- travelling
- conversing
- being a good friend
- finding good presents
- driving
sarahshevettsarahshevett on January 5th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
Beahbeah on January 5th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
Being a greeter/networker/guide at an event of which I am part. I always adored giving tours of my college campus, and looked forward to the part of my former employer's fundraising events where I would work the crowd, shaking hands and schmoozing and directing.


Organizing. (Not the political kind, the logistical kind.)

Edited at 2010-01-05 07:35 pm (UTC)
... in a handbasketinahandbasket on January 5th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
Shaping wood.
veek on January 5th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
Making food and offering it to other people.

What's yours?
veek on January 5th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
Also, teaching, when I have a willing and receptive audience, preferably one that has requested to be taught. Specifically, the subset of teaching that involves putting the same thing in different contexts until the person gets it.
(no subject) - aroraborealis on January 5th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Mizarchivist: Mirrormaskmizarchivist on January 5th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
-facilitating (for the willing)

What's yours?
ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on January 5th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
See my comment above for mine!
(no subject) - mizarchivist on January 5th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
sabriel_sabriel_ on January 5th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
Spinning yarn, baking bread, helping women deliver their babies.
Vinnie Teslavinnie_tesla on January 5th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
Navigating Camberrville by bicycle. Writing a story, when it's going well. Tipsy bull sessions.
blk: computerblk on January 5th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
Today, reading LJ. :)
Chip: skiceo on January 5th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Skiing, woodworking and writing code.
Boring Nerd: Charles_Darwinsignsoflife on January 5th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
I may have told this story before. . . shortly before break, one of my labmates was rehearsing her proposal defense, and I'd forgotten about it. So I wandered into the break room tired and disgusted and looking for coffee, to happen on my labmates heavily engrossed in details of her study design and the implications of her pilot experiments, and it was like jumping into a cool river on a hot day. Engaging in that particular kind of dialogue, with those particular people, felt like being very fully *me*.