Contentment is a mental or emotional state of satisfaction maybe drawn from being at ease in one’s situation, body and mind. It could be a state of having accepted one’s situation and is a milder and more tentative form of happiness. From Wikipedia
We are instructed by the great minds of the day and the past to be content, to accept life as it comes and to develop an attitude of serenity toward what is. I wonder if that is because all of this is the hardest of all mental states to achieve. We are constantly receiving messages of how to achieve more, accomplish more and gain more in our work, play and even in our families. We are critical of those who don’t share our ambitions.
Even though I like working towards goals I am exceptionally happy. I like working with a goal in mind. I have the resources to achieve my goals. I have the support system I need. That is me.
You on the other hand may not like being driven by goals. You may prefer a simple and less intense life. That brings you contentment.
We all have different needs for contentment. The main one is that we are able to accept life as it comes even when it isn’t what we desired in the first place. So we need to be flexible and willing to see value in what life brings.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want. – Philippians 4: 12
I hold a degree from Lamar University in Speech and a Master’s from the University of Texas. I was an educator in regular and special education for twenty years, finishing my professional career as a Braille teacher. I am a Certified Professional Coach with Fowler International Academy. I married Sam after raising three children as a single mother. In 2007 I founded SMORE for Women. SMORE is a nonprofit association whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, & Empowered. My stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. My book, Living Learning Loving, published in July 2015, is available for purchase on CreateSpace, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble online.