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Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about Happiness and Contentment. I’m 39 years old and I live a blessed life compared to many. No, I’m not super rich nor do I get to take exotic vacations every year. But, I’m healthy, I have a roof over my head, food in my tummy and clean water to drink. Those things alone put me ahead of many. I find in this life I’m happy because I’m content. You see to me, happiness is a feeling and can come and go like the wind. But, true contemptment is a state of mind and being and will not change regardless of the situation. 
I remember setting certain goals in life and I just knew that if I met those goals it would make me happy. But, in reality when I did eventually meet my set goals, yes I was happy for a moment. But then that moment passed and I was off to find the next thing that would bring me happiness. 

You see, with the pursuit of happiness you’ll never be happy because happiness is fluent and can change like the weather. You can look at other people’s lives and wish you were happy like them. But who said they were actually happy? Smiling for a picture is an easy task. Yes, they are on a great vacation, but are they in debt for that moment of fun? Yes those relationships people protray on social media seem like matches in Heaven, but you never know what someone is going through secretly. I’ve learned early on to never envy the appearance of anything. 

But with contentment you’re not easily swayed by the emotion of happiness. I remember when I lived in an apartment with my children. Sure one day I wanted to provide them with a single family home with a yard. But until that time happened, I treated that apartment like it was a million dollar masion. I was content because it supplied our needs and I kept it cleaned because it was a gift from God. I truly believe God won’t bless you with more until you learn to appreciate what you already have. 

So daily I practice the art of contentment. Being content makes me happy. Being content helps me to focus on the blessings of my now. Being content helps me to appreciate my present. Yes, I have goals I want to accomplish in life. But on my way to accomplishing them, I’m content with the pace. 

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I once believed that if you loved someone with all of your heart that they would in return love you back in the same manner. Unfortunately, that is not realistic because everyone has free will. You can give 110%, but if the other person is not there emotionally with you, then often times you are left confused and heart broken.

Free will is given to everyone. Free will allows people to make choices, be different, love who they want and when they want and the ability to experience life as they choose. Free will is a beautiful thing, but if not used properly could lead someone down a path of confusion, hurt, pain, sorrow, depression and headache.

Through my pain I’ve learned that although I wasn’t reciprocated with the love I released, I realized that I have free will to love and to live freely. I’ve always had the free will to leave at any point in time, but I chose to love until the season of that relationship was over. My free will helped me to realize that pain doesn’t last forever if you choose to embrace the lesson, appreciate the reason the person was in your life and accept the fact everyone that comes into your life isn’t meant to stay forever.

My free will helps me to be strong and teaches me when to back down and be quiet. My free will helps me to enjoy the moment and allow God to handle my future.

I may be single now, but because of my free will I am choosing to enjoy my life and live it up to the fullest.

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