Being Content in Discontentment

     We all have dreams and aspirations. Some of us want to make the world a better place. Many of us want to make our lives better. Yet, we seem to be stuck; we seem to struggle to leave our emotional, physical, or spiritual ruts. However, we don’t always make the effort to leave our standstill positions. Rather, we grow comfortable in our discomfort.

     We become content in our discontentment: we don’t like where our lives are, but we are too comfortable with our current status to change our lives. We may despise our career or education. We may feel inadequate with our lifestyle. We may feel unhappy and unappreciated in our relationships. We may feel a lack of fulfillment in where we are spiritually and emotionally. Yet, no matter how much we may complain or bemoan our situations or interpersonal interactions, we seem to be unable to find the motivation, passion, and determination to make necessary changes in our lives.

     However, we are able to change our mindset. We are able to change for the better. We are able to choose our employment and academic paths. We are able to leave unhealthy relationships and come to healthy ones. We are able to become healthier emotionally, spiritually, and physically. But, to do these things-to make our lives and ourselves better-we need to move out of contentment; we need to stop being comfortable with discontentment and do something about the things that stress, hurt, or bother us.

     A new year is quickly approaching; let’s make 2020 a year of leaving contentment and strive for something more.

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