“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty. ” – Socrates
Ever since I stopped reaching my hand out in countless attempts to fill myself up, my life became less about me, and I have become content within a world and society who lives in a state of discontentment.
Did you ever stop and wonder if there is more to life? I believe we all have at one time or another. But why? Could it be that for a moment we realize the vain emptiness within the vast societies of the world we live in? That what is seen and spoken by the media, government, television, entertainment, and a large part of the population all around us is mundane? Could the people, money, things, relationships, entertainment and all inbetween not suffice when we are face to face with a moment of truth of this unexplainable thing called life? If you are reading this, ask your self, are you content with you and your life?And for the record, no I am not poor and struggling saying some fancy stuff to make myself feel better. =)
Allow me to pull out the dictionary quickly…
To be satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.
Allow me to elaborate. Prior to the definition, my statement above claims, although once being this way precisely, I now as a result of not being obsessed with my self, wants, needs, desires, and how I will fufill these demands has brought me great contentment. Now this does not mean I neglect myself and that I do not want money, wealth, prosperity, marriage, family, or the likes. No. Infact I DO want to own the Mercedes, I DO want to achieve financially security, I DO want to have the financial freedom to enjoy the fruits of my labors, I DO want the freedom to travel and I DO want a family. But, through an internal transformation, my life is no longer being driven by obtaining things. There is much more to life.
Please, can you honestly look around and within and argue that this is not the truth? These are the NORMS of society. So I don’t blame you for being the way you are. We are human and in some ways just wired like this. But how is it working for us? Are you satisfied? Are you content? Are you fufilled? Are you constantly thinking, acting, and seeking for more means to an end? This leads us right into a mind discontentment. And is the basis of many of our lives…
I am no less of a person or greater of a person based on what I have or don’t have. My life is not empty because of the things I lack.And my life is not fufilled by the things I obtain.
Infact this seperation of a life based on me being the center of the universe allows me to realize how insignificant I am, yet also how I am already whole and fufilled, naturally.
Contentment brings peace, why? Because peace of mind body and soul does not exist from with out.
If I am naturally fufilled, that means obtaining stuff or losing stuff will not add or take from who I am.
I lived a life where if I had the pretty girlfriend to show off I would be feel and be seen as greater. If my bank account was large and I could by fancy things that everyone else lusts, I would be envied, wanted, and needed by others. If I kept up to date on fashion or the latest trends I would fit in and people would want me around. And so on. My self-worth and who I was as a human was based on what I had. It is exhausting just speaking about it. But these are truths. What happens when I lose these things that I have grown to depend on to define me? Well you guessed it. The opposite end of the spectrum. I am now not enough. Not worthy, not respected, not needed, not wanted. I experience dissatifaction. I want more. I feel empty or lost. I will say it again, this is an exhausting way to live.
I’ve concluded, living a life dependent on people or external things will never satisfy me for any length of time. I will never be content. This never has worked for me, and I am under no illusion that it ever will. This cycle is repeated on a yearly, monthly, weekly, basis until we die. We experience these highs and lows, this see-saw kind of life based on what we have or don’t have. This is not contentment and peace of mind, satisfaction and true happiness can never be found in the midst of this, yet we live as though it will.
The irony to all this, is the universe unfolds as it should. I am well taken care of. I have nice things, I have money, a bank account, I am able to experience things just like the next man. But unlike the next man, I have peace of mind, contentment, and a joy and happiness that is not understood by many or found in anything material.
“To be content with life — or to live merrily, rather –all that is required is that we bestow on all things only a fleeting, superficial glance; the more thoughtful we become the more earnest we grow.” Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile
If you are discontent with your life as you have been living it, if contentment and joy sound foriegn, please comment publicly or email me privately at [email protected]
Good night and many blessings.