Contentment

In general I’m pretty content with my life. I have a great family, a place to live, hobbies I enjoy, and a job that helps me support all of those things. But my life is far from perfect, as are pretty much everyone else’s lives. I find that I never seem to have the time to get things done around the house. I never seem to have money for anything. There’s very little free time for my creative pursuits. I could go on and complain about a lot of things, but life isn’t about grumbling and complaining.

But I admit that internally I find myself sometimes thinking thoughts like: this isn’t what I want to be doing with my life, I work so much harder than that person but for less money, life seems so easy for them, I’m meant for more than this, etc. I think that it is important to not be complacent about our lot in life but at the same time being content with what you’ve been given is important too.

One thing that I think is really important that people don’t think about is that if you want your life to change then you need to change your life. All of your decisions in your life have brought you to where you are at today. Things won’t improve until you change your habits. From how you use your time to how you use your money. I could choose to save my money and stick to a strict budget or I could go out to eat at a decent restaurant to feel “normal” and pretend that I can afford the over priced food that I’m eating.

Your dreams won’t accomplish themselves for you. No one is going to write your novel, paint your painting, or build your spaceship. Remember, be content with your life but don’t be complacent about using your time wisely.

To quote the band Switchfoot, “This is your life, are you who you want to be?” I should quote my wife as well. The other day we were discussing these kind of quality of life issues and she simply told me, “I think you need to start with being content with what you have.” Wives are full of wisdom sometimes.

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