Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Contentment

In the previous post in this series, I wrote about contemplation. Assuming that we are or have begun being honest with ourselves, contentment follows rather naturally ... once the initial shock is over. Looking at yourself for the first time, for what you really are, is always the hardest.


But once this barrier is crossed, you can assess yourself honestly ... evaluate strengths, weaknesses, ... and set reasonable goals and objectives. I personally tend to attack weaknesses rather than improve strengths. That's just my approach but do whatever works for you.

Once you've come to terms with who you are and what you're capable of, life is easier to embrace. Do your best and that's all that matters. The results are simply consequential.

Contentment. Who can ask more of you than what you can give?

A word of warning: there will be tests and you will be tested, dearly. It's very easy to accept things as they are when you're on top and all is well with the world. It's when you're at your lowest and have nowhere else to turn ... that is when your true character is made manifest.

4 comments:

chika said...

I love the last paragraph, hit me in the nerve !


I am probably the shittiest person on Earth right now, that is after reading your last phrase.. this is how I feel :/

neutron said...

Cheer up chika, knowing how you feel and why you feel it is just the beginning to making it better ^__^

Christy said...

I sometimes use my children to keep from really admitting some things.

I say, "I can't be honest, I can't fall apart...they need me."

I'm not even sure that is true--either that I'd fall apart, or they would, or that they need me (I mean ONLY *I* will do...)

This post cut me to the quick.

Thanks.

I think.

neutron said...

Christy, rest assured, you won't but they would it you did and they do.

Read The Alchemist. Coelho writes about the exact same thing ... how we make excuses: family, friends or whatever. In reality, these people are a source of inpiration and motivate us and help us along the way.