ContentmentEssays, Featured — By Luiza Vasiliu on May 14, 2012 at 8:38 am
Contentment. It’s simple. But at the same time it’s not. It’s like somewhere most people (or at least the “most people” in my mind) want to be. Content. Happy. Not wanting anything you don’t have, but want what you’ve got. I think there’s a song that goes something like that. By Sheryl Crow:It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got.
It’s not being lazy. It’s not not having goals, dreams, and desires.It’s being happy. It’s waking up every morning, thanking God the sun rose. It’s knowing you’re not quiet there yet, but happy (or at least hopeful) you’re on the way. I understand happiness is a temporary feeling, but there is a joy that lasts forever. The kind the Bible talks about. Like when everything goes wrong according to your plans; you still have a hope, a joy, a dependence on Jesus that this won’t last forever. Because his love is so great.Anyways. It’s kinda like when you go hiking, you can’t wait to reach the top and see the view, but thoroughly enjoying the burning sensation in your thighs and parched mouth on the way up. What would a hike be without the sweat and panting? Well, unless you are in really great shape, or hiking a very easy mountain? What if you could just teleport (or transport or whatever its called) to the top without hiking. That would suck extremely bad. And be super lame. It’s the journey that matters and makes a hike, well, a hike. A passing of time to one’s goals. And of course having people on that hike always makes things better. Always. Because if you stumble, your buddy will help you up. If you forget your water bottle, they will share theirs, etc. Anyways, back to contentment.Contentment is the experience of satisfaction and being at ease in one’s situation.I honestly think stress, worry, and all the shit that comes along with that would be non-existent if everybody was content. Being at ease in one’s situation? What could that possibly look like? God, I think I’m starting to know. Or maybe I’m not, but I’m guessing its kinda like: being cool with being at a job you hate, but actively seeking a new opportunity. Or being okay with not having a car (which is actually a blessing in disguise), or being cool if people hate your guts and loving them anyways. Or being content in not knowing what you want to do because there are too many things you want to do.It’s taking one day at a time, and living it to the max. It’s being at ease when the hardest thing in the world is to not be at ease.
“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” -Fredrick Keonig