Contentment: Mystery or Mastery  

Juliet610 51F
802 posts
2/14/2006 7:40 pm

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Contentment: Mystery or Mastery

What is contentment? A stage of life? A philosophy to scorn? A department at Macy's? A refuge to hide in? A bill of goods we've been sold? Or a state of mind?

I've had an interesting life–that's the positive spin on it. I've had the opportunity to see life from the mountain top as well as from a deep valley. In what seems to be the fates’ way, the valleys always seem so much bigger than the mountain tops.

It took so much work to get to the top of the mountain that once I got there, I just wanted to stay there and enjoy the view. I could see nearly the entire world! And the air was so clean. But it wasn’t to be. You can’t live your life on the top of a mountain. The air’s so thin, not even the trees grow up there. The other resources I needed weren’t produced there either, and it took forever to have them shipped in, which was nearly cost-prohibitive, as well. And if all that wasn’t enough, I hadn’t notice I was climbing alone, so I was there alone.

The valleys are much easier to get to–all you have to do is roll down hill. The “ride” down was rather bumpy, but once I landed back on my feet, it wasn’t so bad: The soil was fertile and crops grew well; the river ran just past the pasture for the livestock; the railroad came through twice a week. And from down there, I could see the mountain in all its glory, if I turned my head just right, and the sun was in the right spot. But the shadows loomed large, and often gloomy, and I remembered the view from the top…

Although I didn’t want to go back to the top of the mountain–it took more energy than I could spare just then–I also didn’t want to stay in the valley. It was dark in many places, and rather restricting in what I could do, and when. That’s when I realized there was a middle ground, above the valley, but below the mountain top. It was there I found contentment–and you thought I’d forgotten where I was going with this, didn’t you?!

The highs a lows in life are like checks and balances to our emotional health. Too high or too low is cause for concern. But within the everyday variances we need to look for contentment, wherever we find ourselves on a given day. Contentment isn’t the same as being thrilled with the way things are in your life right now. But it’s an openness to learn whatever it is I’m supposed to learn from this place, this experience, this person in my life right now, knowing the fates allowed it for a reason. Will I learn the reason along with the lesson? Maybe, maybe not. But that doesn’t negate the lesson I am to learn.

Lately, I’ve been learning, and apparently relearning, the lessons “This too shall pass,” ;“It will all be okay in the end,” ; and “The sun will still rise tomorrow morning.” Pretty reassuring, and I’m content knowing that.

What lessons have you learned, and what are you content about?

gussax 51M

2/14/2006 8:59 pm

I've found contentment to be very important in life. I live life pretty simply, I live in a 800 square foot house, drive a simple Nissan pick up, have a relatively simple job, and have learned to be content. I don't need much out of life and don't expect much out of life. In turn life has been good to me.

candlesman1 56M
7 posts
2/14/2006 9:13 pm

I don't remember the author, but "hinds feet in high places" is all about what you have written here......I read it along time ago when I hadn't really thought I needed it....since my life has taken turns thst your writing here tells me I should probaby find it and read it again.......What am I content long as there is one woman oout there that is romantic like me there must be another....

BiKitsapGuy 54M

2/15/2006 7:14 am

Contentment....a warm blanket that wraps and comforts you when the day is cold or when the night is dark and scary. It holds you unconditionally without judgement. It secures you and hides you from all that is wrong in the world. It also allows you to shed it without complaint so that you may take the occasional climb to the top of the mountain. It will always be there when you come back, ready to comfort you again.

keithcancook 60M
17718 posts
3/6/2006 5:23 pm

I have learned that I am knowledgable, but far from wise.

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