The lap of luxury as defined by The Free Dictionary is “a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state.” Some of us are able to live in the lap of luxury and others are only able to have a few moments there.
Regardless, where is your lap of luxury? Is it cooking or baking in your state of the art kitchen? Is it sitting in your own backyard paradise? Or maybe for you it is sitting in a massage chair having a pedicure while listening to your favorite music or visiting with your friends.
As an office we have been reading Luxury World: The Past, Present and Future of Luxury Brands by Mark Tungate. A couple of things struck me as they discussed luxury and its forms. First, a representative from Bentley Motors defined luxury as not something one can necessarily afford but as something one feels they deserve. I think we can all relate to that idea. After a long hard week of work or reaching a goal that we have strived for most of us will do something to treat ourselves that may not necessarily be in the budget.
The other point that struck me that I believe most of us can relate to is that in this busy world time has become a luxury. How I crave to sit on the couch and read a book without falling asleep. However, my daughters, their activities, my commitments, and housework begging to be done after a day of work deny me this luxury. Or how about quality time with friends and family simply enjoying each other’s company? I’m not sure if my daughters enjoy it more or if I do, but the simple joy of them crawling into my lap is a luxury I will too soon miss.