Content |kon-tent| adj. –satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.
As I rapidly approach 35, I find myself thinking about where I am in life. Many of the goals that I have set have not yet been accomplished. Compared to some of my peers I believe that I am light years behind. I sometimes feel under accomplished and as if I am not where I should be. Don’t get me wrong, I have come a long way from where I used to be and I am thankful, but I also know that I dream BIG. I constantly question, Am I truly content with my life? After mulling over this question, I’ve come to the conclusion that I am content, but not satisfied.
As you can see in the definition above, “content” has a two-part meaning. I am grateful for all my past and most recent accomplishments – I am just not done with tackling new goals. I am unapologetic about not settling for “good enough”. To be content with little (material possessions) is essential to life but to demand more out of life is quintessential to your purpose. The bottom line is that we all deserve to live exceptional lives!
Being content ultimately means being grateful for how far you have come to get to this point. It should not equate to just being happy with what you have achieved and acquired in life, but what you will gain in the quest to garner MORE. One should always take the necessary steps to reach the next level…and the next. True contentment transpires when deciding to move towards your purpose – daily. Happiness first begins with loving and knowing who you are and appreciating the journey that you have encountered. Allow yourself to be content while relishing in each victory, but never become complacent. Know the difference.
By Dr. Avis Foley
Co-Publisher, Purpose Weekly