Friday, May 14, 2010

contented

con·tent·ed (kn-tntd)
adj.
Satisfied with things as they are; content


I've always been a pretty content person. I'm happy to live in the moment, hopeful for the future, but most often pleased with where I am. And, you know, I've always felt pretty good about that.

However, thinking about things lately, I'm not sure I'm content with just being content. If content is being satisfied with things as they are, that seems pretty stagnant. I don't know about you, but I think stagnant water is icky. It collects dirt, bugs, and it usually gets stinky.

This life is about eternal progression, right? And the opposite of progression is damnation. It works exactly like a dam in a river. The water progresses along until it hits the dam and then it's stopped. It just stays there, it doesn't move anymore. So, damnation is stopped progress.

If I'm simply content and happy with the way things are, I'm not really progressing am I? Not that we should all become discontented people, but why should we be satisfied with the way things are? We can be happy about life, we can be pleased to be doing what we are doing, but we should be striving for more.

It's like the whole good, better, best concept. Sometimes things are good. And you can be content with that. Good is SO not bad. But better is, well, better. And best? That's even better! And what if it gets even better than that?

Life is about action, progression, creation. I am not going to simply be content anymore. I want more and I want better.


EDIT: I just got this in an email. I receive the "young single adult gems" that you can sign up for on LDS.org and this is today's gem. I thought it was fitting, so I had to add it.

Be Patient with Yourself

Posted: 14 May 2010 12:00 AM PDT

“We should learn to be patient with ourselves. Recognizing our strengths and our weaknesses, we should strive to use good judgment in all of our choices and decisions, make good use of every opportunity, and do our best in every task we undertake. We should not be unduly discouraged nor in despair at any time when we are doing the best we can. Rather, we should be satisfied with our progress even though it may come slowly at times.”

Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Patience, a Key to Happiness,” Ensign, May 1987, 30


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