The Importance of Being Content: AtoZ Challenge Post #3
We are usually taught growing up how important it is to have ambition and goals. Throughout our adolescence and early adulthood, we chase the ideal. That perfect college, the dream job, that great life partner, and so on. The goals we need to reach before we believe we can let go and start to be happy. When we can finally get down to being content with where we are. And in the meantime, life passes us by. Sometimes we spend half our lives in this chase before we wake up to the truth – life isn’t waiting for us to start being content and happy. Life is happening now, while we wait…
So am I saying that we shouldn’t have goals and chase our dreams? That we should just accept whatever we get in life, and make no effort at improvement? Of course, that’s not what I’m saying. I work a full-time corporate job and am just as ambitious and goal-oriented as the next person. We must have dreams, and we must have goals in life. They make us who we are. Improving ourselves should be an ongoing and lifetime desire. What I’m saying is, while we work away at our future, we should not stop living and enjoying our present. Being content implies accepting where you are at the moment, and just being satisfied with yourself and whatever you are doing at this point.
“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” – Lao Tsu
Being content with your present situation means perhaps making peace with a less-than-perfect status in a particular aspect of your present life. Things might get better in future, or they just might not. That’s just life and you know what, you will still be okay in the end. That’s what being content will do for you.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough” – Oprah Winfrey (yes, I quoted Oprah, deal with it).
Some of my previous A2Z 2018 posts: