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Seeking contentedness

We hear a lot about seeking happiness, but what about seeking contentedness? Learning to find peace in the way things are in the present moment is a big undertaking for many of us. We are never satisfied with what we already have. If you are anything like me, you are in a constant state of improvement and revision.

I want to change that this year. It’s time to take a break. Let’s not pass the rest of this year sweating the details. Let’s take a moment to appreciate what we have and what we have accomplished already.

This doesn’t mean that we have to stop working at finding happiness or improving ourselves, but accepting that you can only push so much and check for mistakes so many times may allow us to actually enjoy the moment. The key is seeking contentedness. Don’t be so busy working toward what you want that you forget to enjoy what you already have. If you are forever chasing happiness, you will never feel it. Imagining happiness in the future is the best way to miss it. That’s why we need to find happiness in the present.

Seeing ourselves with compassion allows us to access deeper parts of ourselves. – @daniachebib

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