The Misery Behind Contentment

Having the skill of contentment is great but can enough ever be enough? We all have different standards of living that is comfortable for us but we would be happier if we had enough funds to live a higher standard. If living a lower standard than what we are living now is perceived as a curse or a bad thing, can we ever be content? If we would be happier if we had enough funds to live a higher standard, can we ever be content? No one wants to live a lower standard but with the misery of contentment, you have to have the skills of

  • Saving
  • Managing i.e living a bit lower than your standards and
  • Cutting your coat according to your size

If mastering the art of contentment, you have to develop these above attitudes, then are we cursed? Because these above attitudes will make you live below your standards. Can we ever be truly content? In my post is enough enough? I wrote “To be content or not should not be an option but to be happy we are given the things we have now.” With that statement, I can write that if we want to be content with what we have, it means we are not happy with what we have at the moment. Maybe we shouldn’t try to be content because being content will always remind us we don’t have what we wish we had. In that same post, I wrote “If things can be taken from you and given to you anytime, then we are just tenant and not landlords”. Trying to be content might not be the solution when you don’t have enough or want excess but developing attitudes to always make you happy with the present. Being happy with the present is valuing all the things you have now. Everything in life has it’s own value depending our life perspective. It is because we don’t value what we have now that’s making us to wish for more. If you fail to see the value in the present, you won’t see the value in the future when it comes. In my post to make is to break and to break is to make, I wrote “If we fail to see the good in the bad then we will always see bad in the good.”

Like I wrote earlier, everything in life has it’s own value depending on our life perspective. The things we have now that you are not content with is someone’s wish to have and what you wish to have is what another person is not content with. Most of the time, our reason for not being content is peer pressure, to be seen as a “Big person”, to feel in control to people that don’t have what you have. To know how to be to be content, you have to know the reason behind you not being content. Some of the reasons are not worth it because not being content leads to a lot of bad behaviours that ruins us like jealousy, theft, prostitution, poverty e.t.c. When you value what you have, not that what you have is spoilt or outdated, even some outdated materials, when they are being rocked by other, you would wish you had those things you will be happy. Believe it or not, lack of contentment reduces your self worth, self esteem and self confidence.

Like I also wrote earlier, being content might not be the best attitude when you don’t have enough or want excess but developing attitudes to always make you happy with the present and to be happy with the present is to value the present. I will end this article with a statement from my post the key to eternal happiness. Create happiness from nothing. That way, nothing is something and everything becomes something.

You might also find my article how to be content useful.

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  1. Thanks for sharing. Quite revealing and motivating.
    In my opinion, our ideal standard of living vs contentment varies. For someone it could mean being able to go on vacation every year, while to another, it could just mean being able to pay one’s bills as and when due. Its also a matter of perception and sometimes exposure and knowledge. If I do not know there’s a better life out there, I might just be satisfied with what I have. The more we know and are exposed to, the more we want. Man’s wants are almost insatiable. We need to be able to draw the line to know when enough is enough.
    Thanks again. Keep them coming

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