Monday 14 January 2019

Be Content, Yet Not Complacent

That’s what it keeps coming back to for me, my personal recipe for happiness despite what is going on around you in your life and world.

Let me unpack that for a moment. 

When I say content, what I am really saying is that you need to be at peace with your life and the current state of it. 

Your life is made up of your experiences, your experiences are the results of your choices. 

So, in effect, where you in life is a result of what you have your choices and what has happened to you. 

Yet, it is those same choices and experiences, or rather, the results thereof that have taught you, as well as shaped and moulded you (for better or worse) into the person that you are today. 

I, for one, have a number of decisions that I would like to take back, things in my life that I would love to have done or handled differently. 

Yet, if I were to do such a thing, I would no longer be me, be who I am. So, I have to just take the good with the bad when it comes to the experiences and choices that make up my life. 

The other half of that statement, “Yet Not Complacent” means that while you must make peace with what has happened in your life and the current state of it, you do not have to remain there. 

Quite the opposite, in fact, you should always strive to improve . . . everything: yourself, your life, your finances . . . in all things, always strive for better. 

Yet, as you strive to better yourself and your lot in life, just remember to “Do no harm.” More people should take note of that Hippocratic Oath (the thing doctor’s swear).

So, that is my little recipe for happiness, or at least a way to find happiness in the moment. Which I recommend, because this moment, is really all you have. 

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

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