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Sunday Sayings – Contentment

Bättre en fågel i handen än tio i skogen.

Better a bird in hand then 10 in the forest.

Swedish Proverb
bird

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.

If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”

― Oprah Winfrey

Are you constantly seeking contentment?

Marc and Angel stated that there are two variations of contentment in life – fleeting and enduring. 

“The fleeting type is derived from instants of material comfort, while the enduring type is attained through the gradual growth of your mind.  At a glimpse it might be difficult to decipher one from the other, but as time rolls on it becomes vividly obvious that the latter is far superior.

Enduring contentment sustains itself through life’s ups and downs, because through them your mind remains confident and at peace.  On the other hand, when life’s fleeting changes have the ability to ruffle your mind into a frenzy, even the most elaborate physical comforts won’t make you any happier for very long. “

“We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.”

― Immanuel Kant

Several years ago, I created ‘Proverbial Friday’ on my blog, which morphed into Sunday Sayings.
I became fascinated with traditional proverbs and sayings, their metaphorical layers and the many different interpretations found within just a few, succinct words. I marveled at their ability to transcend race, religion, opinions and age.
They offer us knowledge; knowledge that is passed to us in much the same way relay runners might pass a baton. Once it’s handed over, it is up to us what we do with it and how we pass it on.

Something to Ponder About this sunday.

27 thoughts on “Sunday Sayings – Contentment”

  1. I love this post on contentment. I had 2 husbands that asked me if I was ever satisfied? The answer was always no. I was always looking for ways to improve my life and those of others. I felt like life couldn’t be stagnant but must continue to grow and expand. I must continue to learn. But every day, I am content with what I have and extremely grateful. I have enough of everything and plenty to share. I am content with where I am and how my life is but always searching for ways to improve and grow. It’s a tricky word, contentment. I will never be satisfied but always content. Love and hugs, Amanda.

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    1. Yes, I think there is a big difference between satisfaction and contentment, Marlene. Furthermore, gratitude might enter into the equation.
      In being grateful for what we do have, we can feel content and be satisfied, albeit temporarily, but in terms of your definition of satisfaction – it can and must indeed be limitless. We definitely do not want to exclude improvements and learning and by that definition of satisfaction, I would hope we ARE never satisfied.
      Great to hear your always welcome words of inspiration.

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  2. “He who binds to himself joy
    Doth the wingèd life destroy;
    But he who kisses joy as it flies
    Lives in eternity’s sun rise.”
    William Blake knew a thing or two.

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  3. The discussion about the difference between satisfaction and contentment is interesting. Yes, it’s important never to be satisfied, but sometimes this brings with it an inability to find contentment either. This is not a good week to expect contentment from a British europhile!

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    1. There are times when the British democratic ‘experiment,’ reads like a tabloid soap opera, and there isn’t many better alternatives, in my country, or the US. Even dare I say I feel Trump and Johnson are reminescent of Caligula’s Rome?

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    1. That is a fine line isn’t it, Lisa? A balance between just enough and wanting too much. And for everyone, that is a very individualized concept. I think we as a species, need change but find it hard to embrace it completely. We strive to reach a time when everything will be finished and done with, yet as the world and we, ourselves are constantly changing – that point is like the end of the rainbow, ie. constantly moving further away. So striving for more might be just a flevel of maintenance. If it become pathological and one fixates on,’striving for more,’ then contentment is surely lost.

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    1. Pigeons on the roof! Yes, they can be a big annoying on a tin roof with their scufflying feet and coo-cooing courtship dances. You have to admire them for their ability to adapt to urban environments though. Have you another Slovenian proverb you are fond of that I can showcase?

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              1. The saying is to say that it’s better if you’re a little bit stupid because the stupid have all the luck. 😉 (Not saying that I’m in agreement, just what the folk wisdom tells.)

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  4. THis is so profound and something very close to me…and I have loved that quote by Kant, always. I struggle to wrap my head around fine line between contentment and satisfaction. Sometimes that line also becomes blurry, for me. I am often content but satisfaction seems to come not that easily and I wonder if that is a good thing always. i understand that that’s what-the not satisfied part- keeps us going and doing the best and being the best, but can there be an end?

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    1. I think if we reached the end, there would be no motivation to continue. If we reached perfection, where would we go to from there?
      Funnily enough, I can feel satisfied but not always content!!

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      1. That’s true. We need that to keep moving. I hear you when you say that you feel satisfied but not always content…I feel that happens with me too at times…and that’s what I think happens at many times…this fluidity between the two…one spilling into the other…each taking its turn in my head! I missed these chats with you:)

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        1. Yes, perhaps you are right. There is fluctuations between the two concepts. Sometimes one is stronger than the other. The aim is to reach contentment and the carrot or incentive is perfection, and whilst contentment can be satisfying, can satisfaction simulataneously be contentment?

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