What do do you think when you hear the word contentment? I don’t know about you, but when I hear that word I have a sense of peace. I have a sense of well-being. I have a sense of now.
I envision myself sitting in a quiet place with a cup of hot tea in my hands and being able to contemplate all that is going on around me without stress or worry. Being able to look at my hours, days, and weeks and feel almost as if I got it all together and under control. Almost.
Do you feel that way too?
Now, if your life seems to be totally chaotic and out of control or things aren’t going as you think they should, the thought of being content might be a totally foreign concept, right? Like whoa…that is WAY beyond my mental thinking right now!
Where does it come from? How do you get it? Can you get it? Is it attainable? How can you be content?
First, I need to clear up a popular misconception. Being content does not mean being happy. Finding contentment does not mean finding happiness.
Happiness is totally based on what is around you. Your circumstances. What is happening or not happening. What is going according to YOUR plan. What is not happening at all.
Contentment, on the other hand, is a choice. In spite of those circumstances you CHOOSE to not let them steal your joy. You choose to not let them steal your peace. Instead, you choose to rise above those circumstances. Contentment is one component when choosing to live a joyful life.
You choose contentment. It really is a state of mind. You choose to look at everything around you, and rather than being disgruntled and frustrated…you take a deep breath, relax, and accept things as they are. You let go of how you want them to be different.
Contentment does not come naturally.
It is a choice. But, I promise that a life of contentment and joy is a much easier life to live. Not sure how to do that? I got ya covered….The Art of Joyful Living is the perfect course for those who WANT to live a different life. A better life. A more fulfilled life. A life the represents them as they really want to be. Check it out for sure.
The Bible says in Philippians 4:12-13. “I have LEARNED to be content in whatever circumstances.”
I would like to encourage you to stop comparing you to them. Yours to theirs.
I would like to encourage you to take your comparison glasses off and put your gratitude glasses on. What do you see? I bet, whatever it is, it's pretty great. How do I know that? Cause it's yours. Your life. Your mess. Your love. Your satisfaction. Your contentment.
You can do it. I know you can..for sure!
And sometimes, when you are overwhelmed, stress sets in.
And when stress sets in it is sometimes difficult to be happy or joyful. So, please don’t let stress have the last word!
Go on and take a look at the ‘Top 5 Stress Reducers’ (Action Plan included). So that you can eliminate what causes you stress and get on the path of living a joyful life.
Joyful Living is ALL about not letting let the circumstances of YOUR life determine who you really are. You learn to choose YOU instead! Not sure how to do that? Let me help!
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Tools to help you live a joyful and more fulfilled life