The Good Life and Contentment

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!

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6 thoughts on “The Good Life and Contentment

  1. Well said, Rick. I guess getting life in perspective comes with a combination of life experiences…and the passage of a fair amount of time. At the end of the day, I think in order to be eligible for this kind of outlook you almost have to have been on this Earth for a decent amount of time…and have gone through the hills and valleys, the ups and downs. Some folks never “get it” and that’s sad indeed, but for people like us we do in fact look to have prespective and understand the joy in looking around right now…being grateful for what we have, where we’ve been, who loves us…the very fact we are…alive.

    1. AND… well spoken sportsattitude. I agree aging and experience through those hills and valley helps a lot in these considerations. Someone once said, youth is wasted on the wrong people. True in many ways. As always thanks for your readership and your frequent comments. I do appreciate it!

  2. I’ve been very fortunate … I have what most people would call a good life materially. I live in a very nice area. Sometimes when I’m out walking, I’ll notice a hawk in a tree or a rainbow and stand there looking at it. Sometimes, I stop the car on the way down the hill from our house to look at the snow in the mountains. I’m always amazed how few passers by stop to wonder what I’m looking at.

    Until I got old enough to really understand that life is short, I didn’t know that while material things can make me comfortable or even happy, only things like family, music, and the beauty of nature can make me joyful and fulfilled.

    Great post.

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