“Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want. It is instead the realization of how much you already have.”
I have been thinking about fulfillment lately.
Those kind of thoughts have been increasingly with me. You know, the ones which start out …
“I wish I had …”
“If only I could …”
“Why can’t I …”
Sigh … so many unfulfilled desires, dreams, hopes … so little time and money.
One could spend a lifetime wanting what they do not have.
Or I could spend my time thinking these kind of thoughts …
“I have …”
“I can …”
Why do these kinds of thoughts seem so much harder to entertain? Sometimes we seem hardwired to be pessimistic and “glass half full” types.
When I find myself falling into negative territory, I do three things:
1) Fix my physical: Eat better, sleep better, exercise more, and drink water. Avoid sugar and snacking. Clean up the house. Do the chores. Play with grandchildren.
2) Fix my tangible: What I can deal with, I try to face and do. What I cannot deal with, I try to put aside. Pay bills. Repair things I can repair. Make priority lists to help me decide. Have guests for a meal.
3) Fix my spiritual/emotional: I seek comfort in positive thought, prayer, and trying to do good for others. I go to church. I volunteer to do things. I seek the company of those I trust.
About that glass half full thing …
The pessimistic sees the glass half empty. The optimist sees the glass half full.
The realist drinks the water, and refills the glass, and drinks more until he is no longer thirsty. I like that option.
Actually, I’d refill it with beer, but that’s another story for another time.
Having a long, cool drink of water in the Heartland ….