The Contentment : We are always told that we should be content in life. Over and over again, it is said that the only way to be happy in life, is to be content with what we have.
This word of advice has become such a cliché that most people don’t get surprised when they are told about it. They have heard the idea so many times, that they take the liberty not to bother to listen to the rest of the story.
Moreover, it is a piece of elder wisdom that has been overtly ignored in these strange times. Even though we all have heard about it, we don’t have a proper understanding of what it means.
However, the result of it all is evident in all our lives. We can’t seem to find contentment in our lives, no matter what. It looks like regardless of our effort, we aren’t able to get the contentment that we are so desperately seeking. Instead, the only thing we are left with at the end of the day is a hole in our soul, which can’t seem to be closed off.
When you read the above lines, you can’t help but agree with it. You know that it’s true because you’ve observed it in your own life, or have noticed it in someone else.
So what is the answer to this problem? How do you find contentment in life, if you don’t even know what is going on?
Clearly, something is going wrong here, which people aren’t able to get. Also, until people can get it, they will continue to be discontent with their lives, every single day.
Trying to get across this maze of confusion will require you to first escape from the chaos that has become our modern day idea of wisdom.
You see, we really have no idea what the truth is anymore. Everyone has their opinion about what is the fact, even if it may not be the truth. So those ideas continue to be circulated in society everywhere, spreading the confusion wherever it goes.
If you start looking at it this way, you will begin to demand one thing, which is …
“What is the truth then?”
And the answer to it is not that clear. However, at the same time, it is not hidden either. The fact is that the truth is evident, if you know where to look, and can make observations.
Here is what it all comes down to. People are unable to find confusion because of a few reasons:
One of the first happens to be the idea of contentment. We don’t know its true meaning anymore. That is because our television has become so saturated with the lives of celebrities and what not, that we have forgotten what being content indeed is. It is in simple words, nothing more than being happy with what you have, within reasonable bounds.
The second reason for this is because people, in general, tend to notice the bad things in their lives but not the good ones. It is something which is inherently right for almost everyone. This is the reason why people tell you that “You must see the good things in life.” A similar piece of wisdom can be found in the words that go along the lines of, “You don’t know what you have until is gone.” Indeed, there are many more verses in life that are similar to these.
The third reason happens to be the fact that you don’t really see the inherent value of something in your life. It is only when you are able to contrast them with something else, that you notice its real value. For example, you will value your car more if you see a person who has to walk but will appreciate the same car less if you saw someone with a better car. And the same is true for just about everything else in life.
When you look at these points, you will realize that when you talk about content, you have to talk about it ‘in context,’ for only in context will you be able to see its real value. You will never find contentment in anything by itself. In other words, the moment you start to seek contentment in life after eliminating the context part is the moment your discontentment will begin.
What does this all come down to?
It all comes down to this:
Contentment is not something that is inherently present in life. On the contrary, it is something that you will have to seek in life, on an active basis. It is not something that is given in life, no matter how much you may crave it.
And it is indeed easy to do this. All you have to do is notice what you already have and be thankful. You don’t have to go beyond this to find contentment in life.
When you point this out, many will start talking about the bad things in their life, and whether they should be content with that as well.
The fact is that this isn’t a valid argument. To be content is not to accept the bad in your life, but to merely be thankful for the good.
As for the bad in your life, don’t be discontent towards it. Instead, take it up as a challenge and actively work towards solving the problem. Life can always get better with time. You just have to work towards it.
As a whole, know that finding contentment is very hard in life.
It is not a problem for you but rather all of humanity. And while it may be a problem, the fact is that you don’t have to deal with it, if you don’t want to.
All you have to do to find contentment at the end of the day is be thankful, and that’s it.
You can always make your life better.
So be thankful in life and start aiming for more.