“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury;
and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable;
and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly,
talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds,
to babes and sages, with open heart;
to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely,
await occasion, hurry never; in a word,
to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common.
This is to be my symphony.” ~William Ellery Channing
We each have our ways of living and surviving on this planet. No one comes with a handbook on life and knows exactly how to do things when in a sticky situation. So, we do the best we can. Sometimes we are not happy with the outcome, there in comes discontent and unhappiness. But, there are some core gifts we are each given right from birth which we forget to use on a daily basis.
Your Divine Gifts
LOVE: We were given the gift of love, we chose to mask that love with greed as we grow older.
SELF CONFIDENCE: We were given the gift of utter self confidence, which made us dance in the rain when we were four years old…a gift we lose as we try to ‘fit in’ when we grow older.
CONTENTMENT: We were given the gift of contentment, which made us content with just our mothers milk when we were infants….another gift we our self choose to plague with vanity and variety.
The Symphony of Contentment
I have not always been the most content person in the world. I wanted to be the IN thing, have the best of it all, not for my own happiness but to show off to my peers that I stood for something. In the process though I lost myself…I lost my gifts and then kept complaining to the Divine that you have not given me anything. I am not worth it.
Contentment was something that came after I was forced to give up all my vanity pretty early on. The cushy life went out the window with the passing of my father. In those days and the life that proceeded after, the truth of life dawned on me. When I had to chose between wants and needs, is when I realized how much or rather how many of my core Divinely given gifts I was neglecting.
I learned that it doesn’t take too much to make us happy and content. All we need is a little love and a little bit of simplicity and all will be happy in our world.
Like the quote above suggests, to choose elegance over luxury, to have an open heart to absorb all the gifts that we have been given and to use those gifts to be happy…..that is the true symphony of contentment.
Your Positive Prompt this Sunday: Please give yourself the opportunity and privilege to acknowledge your divine gifts. Think about your childhood days and bring back that child like contentment back to this life you are living.
Next Week: I know that by no means is the topic of contentment over after writing this post. Infact I have a longing to write another post where I want to show you how simple it is to be truly content and happy. So next week, I’ll share with you some practical ways to bring back that childlike contentment to your life….If I can do it, so can you :)
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With Immense Love & Gratitude,
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