A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719) Poet, Playwright
How often have we heard reference made to the “rat race.” There’s a reason it’s called that… little rodents running to and fro. It can be a real rat race for those who struggle for the so-called “good life.” But, what’s so good about life when you have no time to enjoy it? Lots of hustle and bustle but little to no time for family, not to mention friends… sometimes even self. Often, when it’s too late some find they’ve run the race and climbed the ladder of success only to find it’s leaned against the wrong wall.
Self-help guru and motivational speaker Anthony Robbins has said,
The good life exists only when you stop wanting a better one. It is the condition of savoring what is, rather than longing for what might be. The itch for “things” so brilliantly injected by those who make and sell them, is in effect a virus draining the soul of contentment.
A man never earns enough; a woman is never beautiful enough; the house is never furnished enough; the food is never fancy enough. People are too focused on getting results rather than enjoying the pursuits of life.
The late actor Christopher Reeve understood the value of being content. Even in the depths of a devastating injury that would eventually take his life he beamed when in a 1995 Barbara Walters interview he said, Man, I’m so lucky, it’s unbelievable.
“We have the choice to be content with where we are in life. After all the alternative is not to be here at all. Can we say with the Apostle Paul, “I have learned in whatever state I am to be content.” (Phillipians 4:11 NKJV) ~~ Billy Graham, Nearing Home, p. 19
Strive for contentment with what you have and everything else will come in due time. Stop and smell the roses. It could be worse!