Contentment

Does a state of contentment ever truly exist?  Or are we always striving for more?

There are people who want bigger houses, better cars.  People who are never satisfied by what they have and hope to find happiness through their possessions, they spend, spend, spend.  Their houses overflowing with ‘stuff’, clothes they never wear, shoes which remain wrapped in tissue paper in a box at the bottom of the wardrobe, gadgets, electronics, TVs with screens as big as the garden shed,

Is it boredom?  Are they simply fed up with what’s in front of them, so buy more to be able to do more?  And have less time to do less.

There are people for whom work is their life, overtime not a problem, weekends, evenings, reaching for that promotion so that they can work even harder.  They believe they’re indispensible, that the company’s success is in their hands.  That things fall apart without them there, that no one else is capable.

Parents who want their children to have every opportunity, to allow them to excel at music, sport, drama.  After school, weekends, clubs, practices, lessons.  Are the kids living the dreams of their parents?

Am I content?  Are you?

Comments

8 comments on “Contentment”
  1. wcwhitfield says:

    My remedy to contentment and happiness to give. “There’s more happiness in giving than there is in receiving” acts 20:35. The way I see it is the only things in life I get to keep are the things that I give away and not always meaning something tangible. Thank you for your post

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    1. Karen says:

      Thank you for reading 🙂

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  2. I think contentment has to start with self love and acceptance. If a person isn’t happy within themselves they will try to find things outside to make them happy. When the outside things fail, they search for bigger, better, more.

    As a society, we could all do with a break from the advertisers selling, selling, selling and the social media “influencers” showing us the “perfect life”. If we stopped listening to all that and listened to our little voice we might find happiness and contentment easily within our grasp.

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    1. Karen says:

      Thank you for your message, you’re absolutely right contentment and peace of mind are linked to our inner voice telling us that what we have is what we want.
      Thanks for reading x

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  3. An excellent question to pose Karen and one that is oft asked of not just people as in individuals but of society as a whole. There are signs that ‘one’ might be content, could be content – is content – a healthy balanced relationship is a sign of contentment and yet in order for that to be achieved, two people have to work hard at balancing their lives and their joint lives together – it’s not simple. It has hurdles and obstacles. But a healthy relationship is NOT just the two people, it’s also meaning that they can experience friendships outside of the loving coupling and enjoy their time socially with friends and family and not feel hindered by what the other half is doing when not by their side, therefore incorporating trust into the mix. Which if not present suggests that contentment is not there.

    But also are they content and happy with who they are?

    This is an excellent thought provoking question Karen, going to share this and open it up to more conversations 🙂

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    1. Karen says:

      It’s definitely a subject worthy of deep thought. Thank you x

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      1. It was and is an excellent question, that we need to ask ourselves constantly 🙂

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