Contentment, not to be confused with condiments...

6/23/2011 07:35:00 PM
**Sorry that this post was here and then gone... I'm not sure what happened. It's back now. (8:34 p.m. MT.)


Whoever wrote, "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence" was one perceptive cookie.

It's true.

We all seem to long for, admire or secretly covet what others have. It's because we're mere mortals. We're human, kids.

Join me in some sweeping generalities, won't you?

If you live in a cold climate, you want to move to a beach.
If you live near a beach, you just want some snow.
If you are single and live alone, you might just want to find your one true love.
If you're married you might long for the unencumbered single life.
If you're childless, you may ache for a baby.
If you're childfull, you may wish sometimes those babies belonged to someone else.

I think we have inflated ideas of what others lives are like.

If I had those white teeth... (I seriously admire people's white teeth.)
And eyelashes.
And long blonde hair.
And freckle-y skin.
And great house.
And incredible job.

The list goes on and on.

I think it's important to remember that while we might be thinking, "Hmmm.... I wouldn't mind living in his house... in that state... with that job... life just seems so easy/fun/carefree/ for her..."  Usually that same person is thing thinking the same thing about you.

We need to maybe look at our lives through the eyes of others, no?

It's time that we start recognizing how blessed we really are.

Your car might not be like hers, but you're an incredible parent.
Your house might need some work, but wow - that's some nice hair.
Your marriage might need some work, but whose is perfect?
Your dog might have three legs, but really - who needs four?

Seriously, though.

My goal? To continue to be content in all circumstances.

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One of my favorites...

"I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength." Phil 4: 11-13.




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3 comments:

  1. Whoa. I JUST had a conversation with the hubby about this last night. I told him we need to quit waiting for better days to enjoy our life... better job for him, a house, more money to spend on fun things, babies, etc, etc.

    This hit home. Fantastic insight & something I really needed to hear. And SO relevant to so many people affected by the crap economy (like us). Thanks for writing it. :)

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  2. Perfectly said and much needed reminder. Thank you for sharing this and reminding me that none of us are alone.

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  3. So well said, my friend. Soooo well said.

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