Have you ever known someone who is content? Not the kind of contentment that demonstrates itself as complacency, but the kind of contentment that says “I know who I am and I can enjoy where I am.” The kind of contentment that looks like peace — that looks less like pushing and straining to get this or that. Or be this or that.
Here are a few keys to help you emulate that and live a more contented life.
Practice being grateful. Think about the situation you’re in – and the goodness that is in your life. Journal. List. Post the things you’re grateful for regularly.
Stop comparing. People come at life with different assets and opportunities built in. Stop looking at someone else’s situation and wish it were you. Don’t compare what you’ve accomplished with someone else – especially those who are further down the road in life or who have had unique opportunities for advancement. Enjoy where you are and ask yourself – “what can I learn from this?”
See life in seasons. It’s true in nature and it’s true in your life. This is a season – it will change and you will change. Where you are today, you will not be tomorrow, next month or next year. You have a lifetime to pursue many talents and goals. They don’t all have to be accomplished before you’re 35.
Celebrate others. Rather than viewing others as competition – or begrudging others their successes and accolades – celebrate them. Throw a party. Send a note. Genuinely express your delight for someone else’s wins.
Who do you know who seems content? Share this post with them and thank them for encouraging you to be at peace and to be more content.
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