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There are days when life jumps up and shakes you to your core… and not always in the best way. And throughout it all, how many can truly say they are THANKFUL for where they are in life? Life is a hurry up and wait cycle and as a friend shared with me recently, being content with the here and now is a learned disposition that yields many rewards.
I recall stating, “Contentment breeds mediocrity,” but when that contentment is harnessed and is used as a ember to stoke the fire, it is a slow burn that will forever warm the urges to achieve and a bright light that will never dim. A THANKFUL soul is one who understands how to be happy with what they have and not fixated on what they do not. Being THANKFUL does not mean settling for less, but being grateful for the greatest of blessing and just as appreciative for the smallest ones. THANKFUL means having an even temperament knowing that what is here today could be gone tomorrow and as bad as things may seem, tomorrow can also deliver the cure.
THANKFUL in and out of season, through the ups and downs, good and bad, with or without. I am THANKFUL because what others may see as a bare cabinet, I see as plenty of room to fill and grow! Whether you see the glass half empty or half full, do not lose sight of the glass itself and the fact there is something in it at all.
“Don’t cry because it is over; smile because it happened.” ~ Dr. Seuss
Contentment does not mean settling or giving up. It is about being appreciative and THANKFUL for the here and now. It’s about finding peace with what you have and what you don’t have. One of the biggest challenges in life is being satisfied with your present situation while striving for a greater future. Don’t get bogged down with the what ifs, the could have been, or the when this or that happens, but instead relish in the moment and appreciate it for all it’s worth. Right now is where you are meant to be and the peace you feel, the inner smile of gratitude, is God’s way of letting you know that just like yesterday took care of itself, so will tomorrow. Be THANKFUL for today and find contentment in knowing that now is a great place to be. Make it a mindset to grasp the moment and express THANKFULNESS in your current state. The more we learn to seize every opportunity, the less we’ll feel we’ve let opportunities escape us – Carpe Diem!
Lose not yourself in a far off time, seize the moment that is thine. ~ Friedrich Schiller