The Liberating Power of Contentment

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Are you contented with your life?

 

 

What is meant by contentment? The dictionary defines contentment as the state of being happy and satisfied. It is not an excited kind of happy, it is more of a peaceful ease of mind.

 

So may I ask  you, are you contented with your life? I hope most of you are! Especially if you are at my age in your 40s or older, and if you are younger and you already achieved contentment in life, cheers to you! That means you know what you want and you got it!

 

I am at a stage where I am cruising through life. Our four children are happy and are doing great, and I have a job that I love which support our family’s needs and a husband who support me.

 

I made financial mistakes in the past and I am humbled with the consequences I am struggling to surmount. Now I learned to appreciate each day spent with my family and I am grateful for everything we went through, the good and the bad because it strengthened my resolve to face whatever adversity that lies ahead.

 

People want the best things in life, saving for the future, and chasing big dreams, thus working long hours and juggling multiple jobs while taking their health for granted and not spending enough time with their children and spouses. Then they wake up most days feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, unhappy and discontented.

 

Discontent comes when you want more than what you have as you see hyped product essentials that you used to live without. Discontent comes when you try to compare yourself with others and to achieve or maintain a higher status within your community at the expense of your well being and your family. And this will result in frustration and financial bondage that keeps you from enjoying your life in the present.

 

I learned to live with less now, living a simple and quiet life. What is important for me is our family and that we are together, happy and healthy, and even if we only get by each day, we have what we need and we have each other.

 

Am I contented with my life? I can say with certainty that it is contentment I am experiencing and I never felt freer.

 

“Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want but the realization of how much you already have.” Anonymous

 

When you are contented, you are happier, less stressed, and you tend to have a positive perspective in life and you appreciate your life experiences.

 

How to achieve contentment? There is no one size fits all formula in achieving contentment but I identified 5 factors that helped me reach the liberating power of contentment.

 

 

  • Be satisfied with what you have. When you appreciate what you have, then you will realize how richly blessed you are. If you stop desiring more material things and learn to live simply, your life will be less complicated. And you will have enough to spend on experiences that will help build a closer relationship and make lasting memories with your family.

 

I learned to be satisfied with what I have when our financial circumstance forced me to reevaluate my priorities and it is a valuable lesson I learned.

 

 “Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”

Socrates

 

 

  • Do not compare yourself with others. Live your life at your own pace, in your own terms. Do not be defined by other people’s possessions, wealth or status. You have your own unique circumstance while others have theirs, so you cannot truly say that if you have what they have, you will be happier or more contented.

 

At this stage of my life, I learned not to worry about what others think of me or how others think we live our life. My sole focus is the well being of my family and providing for our needs and that we live in peace and not cause pain to others.

 

“It’s almost impossible to be satisfied in your own life if you’re constantly looking at what someone else has.”

Rachael Cruze

 

 

  • Do not be stagnant. Strive to improve in aspects that make you feel better about yourself like taking a new hobby or exercise to improve your health or read a book or start a blog.

Do not let your person stagnate, instead, strive to improve yourself, growing and learning with the purpose of becoming a better person, then contentment is more meaningful and lasting.

 

 

  • Be giving and helpful. Being giving and being helpful is a package deal, one can’t exist without the other because in order to help, you must be a giving person and you can’t be giving if you are not helpful.

 

I try to teach my children to be giving and helpful by showing them when the opportunity arises. But when you give, it should be with sincerity and from your heart, not for showing off and publicity, otherwise you will not feel the joy and contentment of a giving and helpful heart.

 

My mother used to tell me I will never be rich because I give even if I have very little. We grew up with so much less and yet we survived. What we have now is more than what we had before and so I give because I know what it was like to have nothing.

 

So give and help whenever you can, be it with money, your time, food or material things because you will never know the impact your little help will have in the life of the other person, and the joy and contentment you will experience will stay with you for every good deed that you do.

 

 

  • Gratitude. Gratitude is a state of sincere thankfulness that comes from within. Being grateful helps strengthen our minds by enhancing self-worth and confidence to overcome problems and it makes us be more appreciative of the good experiences, and allow us to be tolerant of the bad incidents that happen in our lives.

 

 If we recognize that our triumphs make us strive to be best, while our failures teach us to empathize and be humble, then we will learn to be grateful in every situation in our life.

 

When I was in the middle of figuring out how to deal with our financial situation, I was so focused on my problem that I had episodes of anxiety and hopelessness, but then I see other people with problems bigger than mine. Others have problems with their health, marriage and their children that I realized my money problem is minuscule. Now I am grateful I only have a money problem because I know it is fixable.

 

When we practice gratefulness not just in our triumphs but also in our failures, then it boosts our happiness and helps us achieve contentment.

 

 “Gratitude and love are always multiplied when you give freely. It is an infinite source of contentment and prosperous energy.” Jim Farglano

 

Have you achieved the liberating power of contentment?

 

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