Contentment vs Complacency
I feel like it’s really important to discuss this right now because it seems so many people are caught up in the idea of:
- push hard work hard
- I never have time to enjoy life
- all I do is work
It’s what I call “Life is miserable mode”… I think there is something to be said about truly being content. So first let’s see what the two words actually mean.
If you google them, this is what you’ll see for definitions:
a state of happiness and satisfaction.
“he found contentment in living a simple life in the country”
a feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements.
“the figures are better, but there are no grounds for complacency”
Do you see how complacency feels more like lack? Like “even though you’ve accomplished x y z, there is still room for more work” , it’s still not good enough? but sometimes you get “smug” and feel like screw it, I am worn out and I’m not doing any more…
The difference with contentment is you don’t feel like you “have to” do something. Instead you get to do. It’s being perfectly ok with where you are at and not actually feeling like you “should” be doing more. But allowing yourself to be in the flow and accomplishing things that feel good.
Of course there is a time and place to push a little, do a little more, BUT we all need to start figuring out how to spend more time in the contentment space. Being ok with just being… not having to DO anything.
There’s lots of guru’s right now talking about the art of presence, the art of being, etc… you’ve probably heard the “lingo” and trendy terms, but it’s actually something most of us have to learn how to do… When you come from a background of nothing ever good enough, work yourself to the bone mentality… that’s just what you do. It feels weird to simply… be…
Learning to define, create and be in a life you really love to live every day is something I had to work at. I had to learn how to be ok with just being. I mean we are in this earth realm and human experience so don’t get me wrong… $#!+ happens sometimes, but for the most part when you can learn to live in the moment, life becomes so much more enjoyable.
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Till next time~