What does contentment mean? Why is it important to be content?
It’s not as complicated as it may sound, or maybe it does seem complicated. Easy to understand for some, and difficult to implement for most people.
This is probably something you should ideally think about as a teenager, or travel back in time to find that you, and ask yourself these questions. Most of our life passes by chasing monetary achievements. A raise, a high paying job, a better lifestyle, a luxurious car, and home, that expensive watch or shoes, and what not? Take money out of the picture. Now, what do you want in your everyday? Is it certain objects, a person? Whatever it is, it will come down to a feeling. That feeling is contentment.
Most people do reach a state where they’ve achieved everything that they’ve dreamt of. But you would always have newer dreams, newer milestones to achieve. When would this stop? The answer is never. And it shouldn’t, otherwise what’s the beauty of life if you have nothing left to look forward to? The key is to know and feel the gratitude for what you have when you’re at any point, which then in-turn induces the feeling of “contentment”. Otherwise, you’ll never know when you’re there and it’ll pass by like everything else.
Sounds like a task, maybe an experiment too, but try it. Feel it. It’s free of cost! That beautiful mug that you’re drinking out off, that sensation that you can feel under your feet when it touches the ground, the sound of the ocean when you close your ears with your palm, the different scents that awaken your nostalgia, all the greenery and sunshine you can see and feel. Not everyone is fortunate enough to feel all this, yet you are. Like the little toe on your feet which you manage to the stub, being clumsy, on all the corners of your house, and you wouldn’t feel the pain if you didn’t have it, but that little toe is the reason you can stand without falling. Feel everything because that is life and its beauty.