That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners
of everything that can't be bought".
Most people seek to be happy. I know that I do. Sometimes it seems as though, no matter what I do, I can't find within me the ability to be happy. Happiness seems to be something that you might be able to buy, like a favorite toy or a new car. All you need is a little more money, or a little more time, or a few more friends to share it with.
One of the things that I am noticing is that few people really seek to be content. We are rushing around, from one thing to another, looking for something that we never find. Content is described as:
1. The substantive or meaningful part.
2. Desiring no more than what one has; satisfied.
3. Ready to accept or acquiesce; willing. Which means more?
Which is more enduring? Happiness or contentment? Think for a moment. Can you imagine being happy every single moment of every single day? Can you imagine always feeling as if you are at the top of the world? Is that even possible? Being happy every single moment my not be possible, but being content during struggling times is. We all struggle. We all have trials and heartaches and difficulties. But along with that, we all have a loving Heavenly Father who knows us and will love us through those time. Contentment is possible. It makes the mountain just a little easier to climb. It makes the mountain-top that much sweeter when you finally get there. As for me, I am going to focus a little harder on being content instead of wishing so much to be happy. I am learning that one just might lead to the other.
“It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
- Dale Carnegie -
The wind in the trees
The bird on the wing
The help of a community
The lovely taste of vanilla wafers