This quarantine period is teaching us a lot of valuable things, one of which is to “do without”. It doesn’t matter who you were before the quarantine, we’ve all had to give up something. Even introverts who have always enjoyed being stuck at home still have to make do without something: their privacy. Albeit in quite unfortunate circumstances, the corona-virus outbreak has taught us a thing or two about the healing power of contentment.
What is contentment? It is quite simple; contentment means just because you want or could get something doesn’t mean you should have it. Harder than it sounds, right? Well, according to Marcus Tullius Cicero, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” While you might not be a garden or library-inclined person, the idea behind the statement still carries weight; you can do more with less.
Think of all the things you’ve done during this period that you wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do otherwise. Think about how much more simpler life could be, how much more beautiful. Granted, there are some things you can’t wait to get back to, but what of those things you thought you couldn’t live without?
Football? Clubbing? We all have had to cut back on something. This is irrefutable proof that no matter how important you think a thing is, it doesn’t rule your life.
What is the healing power of contentment?
The healing power of contentment is nestled in the reality of any situation you find yourself; knowing when to say no. Jermaine Cole said it best; “You are never going to be happy till you love yours”. Contentment is self-realization; it is enlightenment in its purest form. It is seeing life for what it really is, knowing what is important and what is trivial.
Think about this: A man says to himself, “I want to be rich”. Innocent enough, am I right? So let’s say that man gets $1 million which means he’s now rich, does he stop there? No, he sets his sight even higher, and when he gets that, he sets it even far higher. The question is when does it stop? When is it enough?“Happiness is self-contentedness.” – Aristotle Click To Tweet
The problem with the man in the above scenario is that he is so focused on improving the negative things that he neglects the good parts. He is so stuck up on worrying about how the trees line up that he forgets to smell the roses as they bloom. Mr. Cup-Half-Empty is too busy moaning about what he doesn’t have, whilst ignoring what he does have.
Instead of worrying about what you could have or what you could be doing, how about you appreciate what you have and what you are doing. Happiness is a lifestyle. It’s okay to have goals but it’s not okay to let them dictate your joy.