Not content, but con-tent. I used to take offense if this label was used on me, it made me feel like I’m just here letting life pass me by. I now am okay with being content – what if I’m content because I am whole.
I don’t know if I was born this way, but I never felt that I NEEDED more at any time in my life.
I seem to embrace where I presently am while I am there. I am not fixed on the future or on what could be. This doesn’t mean I don’t want and crave more for myself, it is simply that I enjoy where I am and what I have in the moment.
Some will say that my contentment, can mean I’m not happy or should I say – my contentment should mean I’m not happy.
What if seeing reality as it is, is being content? If you look up the definition of contentment it is a STATE of happiness and satisfaction. Keyword there is “state” which is not forever, it is the present. So for example, you set a goal – you then reach that goal. What do you do next? You set another damn goal – will that ever stop? It’s proven that it won’t, you’ll continue and the outside world will you see as a goal setter and crusher. They’ll look up to you, but you don’t even look up to yourself but just for a quick moment because you are now looking for the next goal to reach.
Earlier I said “I don’t know if I was born this way” what I meant by that was that because I’ve been a content person, I have a strong foundation. Think about it, the foundation of feeling whole where and who I am, the foundation of having what I need already because I have life’s necessities to live and a few extras like genuine friends and family, a foundation that I can always come back to and embrace the present.
Contentment to me is a life hack.
“To be content doesn’t mean you don’t desire more, it means you’re thankful for what you have and patient for what’s to come” — Tony Gaskins