By Parisha Smith, Culinary producer and co-founder of The Positivity Charge
If you had to come up with a definition for contentment, what would you choose for your answer? Would you give a “cookie cutter” definition that could be found in a dictionary? Or maybe stick with an answer you think is appropriate according to society?
I ask you to think about the definition so that when you are asked, what is contentment?, you realize that the answer cannot be found in a dictionary or within society. The answer is relative to each of us, and for you it could mean your spouse, family, friends, a pet, your career, and anything that genuinely makes you tick. The truth is, all the happiness in the world would never equate to the happiness already dwelling within us.
Each of us has a divine purpose that can sometimes seem like a mystery. This can be extremely frustrating especially when you know you have a purpose, a reason and a dream, but you feel lost trying to find what will get you to that place of peace. Am I connecting the dots for you?
Well, if I am, it is important for you to know that this is not uncommon, but it is attainable with the right amount of dedication and focus. I can help you with that part, just by reading this you are taking the first step! Feeling contentment in your life does not just happen overnight. It takes time, patience, and effort on your behalf. EFFORT, what kind of effort?
I mean getting into the trenches of life and using the world to learn from instead of just maintaining in it. This world has so much to offer, but its offerings are directly proportional to your effort. Have you ever seen the movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’? Well first off the title itself is so interesting because the whole movie is about a man who stops believing in himself, becomes depressed about what his life had become, but is reminded about how much impact his life had on others. I think of this movie often because it is in our human nature to look around at society, judge ourselves against it, and predetermine that we are not good enough.
You can find contentment during your search for contentment. Simple. Every so often, I write down ideas that excite me, that make me “tick” and I commit to trying them. Some are just plain silly and I chalk them up as a casualty of war. However, there are some ideas that add to my life. So today, I encourage you to make that list! Write down your ideas, write down what makes you content. It is an exercise that will change your mindset and ultimately your life!
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