A man is content if he can find happiness in simple pleasures. Thomas Malloy
No one can be poor that has enough, nor rich, that covets more than he has. Seneca
Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty. Socrates
There should be elements of satisfaction and dissatisfaction occurring and existing in our lives at the same time. We should be happy and contented with the good and satisfactory things while at the same time we should be unhappy and discontented with our undesirable and bad things.
Contentment implies a sense of strength as well as thankfulness. We can never find joy and happiness until we can learn to really appreciate all our good. We must learn to recognize this before we can truly address the bad. The more we totally focus on undesirables, the more difficult it becomes to appreciate the good things in our life.
We seek peace and calm. These things do not really come from the environment, circumstances, possessions, wealth or position. They come from our mental approach and skill at handling the ebb and flow of our lives, the trials, tribulations, the good, the bad, and all the ugliness that happens to us. We can be poor and contented or can be wealthy and very discontent. We can find joy and happiness in the here and now, but not in the future. We are missing the mark if we continue to look for it elsewhere; wishing and hoping, being miserable, planning and scheming. We cannot “stop to smell the roses” until we stop and find contentment in our very present moment. Being able to see good, being thankful for the good things in our lives, seeing the blessings; these things help lead us to contentment. It is not to be found in the future, only in the moment, or not likely to be found at all.
All of these things are ideals we should seek to incorporate into our present life. We should be seeking to find them from within and add them to our very nature. Because of the strength coming from a sense of contentment, we can more easily address the things and conditions about our life that needs improving and modifying. Being strong and secure within, we are more able to have what it takes to diligently and conscientiously work on becoming a better and better version of ourselves. There is a strength that comes from our being thankful that empowers us to effectively and efficiently continue to work on our shortcomings and weaknesses. By consciously improving the quality of our lives from within, we will find the reasons for contentment today.
Challenge: Being able to live life to the fullest is impossible without a healthy sense of contentment. This means you must be proactive in your mental approach and attitude of living in the present. You must take your present circumstances and become very aware of all the good. Now build a better foundation of strength with a healthy sense of well being, joy and contentment. Use your strength to proactively work on doing even better.
Wisdom: You traverse the world in search of happiness which is within the reach of every man; a contented mind confers it all. Horace.
But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
Real contentment only comes from the knowledge that God has us in the palm of his hand. If we truly believe this, we should be staking everything on it. Knowing that God is there and has our “back”, that He is watching over us and will keep all of his promises, should give us all the assurance we need to live life victoriously. Allowing his love and light to shine through us will help others to find this assurance in their lives.
Prayer: May my faith and confidence in You continue to grow. May your love and light shine through me.