Contentment does not mean the absence of desire; it just means you are satisfied with your current position, and you trust that the turns your life takes will be for the best.
Many people today think life is a race where you must be the best at everything. We might want a car, a bigger house, a better-earning job, or more money. The moment we achieve one thing, the race for the next thing begins. Rarely do many individuals spare a minute to just sit back, relax, and be grateful for all they have achieved.
Instead of looking back at the distance they have covered, they stretch themselves to cover the distance that remains. And in some cases, this is when ambition becomes greed.
Rarely do many individuals spare a minute to just sit back, relax, and be grateful for all they have achieved.
There is often a fine thin line between ambition and greed. People may think that when they have achieved all they need for their dream lifestyle, they will be satisfied with what they have—but this is rarely the case. Even after you have ticked off all the achievements from your list, you still don’t feel at ease. There may remain an uneasy feeling that something is still missing. Do you know what that missing thing is? It’s contentment.
Contentment brings peace of mind and positivity that can facilitate growth and self-improvement. This does not mean you can’t have dreams and aspirations. You can accept the present and still wish for a better future. Contentment only means to be at peace with current self, not complacent.
If you are not at peace with what you have achieved at your current point in life, it can be more difficult to be motivated to work toward a better future. If you want peace of mind and a positive attitude, contentment is what you should practice.
If only you know how desperately those you wish to be in their positions are longing to enjoy the peace of mind you are experiencing, you will always wake up to praise God.