If you’re content, you should know what happiness means.
The problem I see with a lot of people, including myself, is the attitude toward contentment. The question is usually whether one actually wants to become content or not.
I used to have a vague idea on how to be content. I thought I knew exactly what it was like. But I realized I didn’t get it right.
I based contentment on the accomplishment of goals, or achievements. I had to feel content if I succeeded in some endeavor. I felt content if I have proved something about myself.
I never really knew why I had that kind of thinking.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying we should all be alone. Human beings are supposed to interact with and take care of each other. It’s life’s own design. You may enjoy being alone; there are plenty who prefer that way anyway, but I’m quite sure life is brighter when it’s lived with others.
However, learning how to be strong when you’re alone is more important than when you’d tend to depend your strength on others.
Imagine going to work … only to work. You “interact” with your coworkers but it’s only part of the job. Imagine not being able to spend some quality time with your family because of some reason. In other words, are you always tired you simply go to rest straightaway whenever you come home?
You need the support of your family and friends. But that’s not what I mean.
Wealth is everybody’s goal. Well, almost everybody’s goal—only so we can both agree that this statement is undeniable. There is the good and the bad side of living in wealth. You can start off with your dreams, which of course consist of all the conveniences life has to offer you. And certainly there are consequences you might not have experienced before; they may catch you by surprise.
Do you love money? It doesn’t matter whether you’re still on your way to financial freedom or you’re already enjoying it. I’d like to believe that our perception on money doesn’t change much from the time we started only dreaming about it until the time it becomes a reality. The main question now, regardless of many other factors, would be: What is money to you?
Two definitions of peace according to Merriam–Webster are: (1) “freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions”; and (2) “harmony in personal relations.”
Guess what happens if you’re not at peace with yourself? It’s going to come down to a world that’ll never be a happy place to live in. If you think you’re in trouble with yourself, why not try reorganizing your thought pattern so you can improve the way you see other people, the places you get to, and most importantly, yourself.
But just why could finding inner peace be that hard?
Are you able to express your real self? Or do you feel like a puppet instead—hands and feet tied up and controlled by others to do what they think you should do?
Throughout your life, you will change. Constantly. It is a given and there shouldn’t be a problem with it as long as you’re being authentic, which simply is an important trick to own life!