Welcome to Day 1 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be… Or…simply: Be…
Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin” and
in our homes and beyond. If you missed The Introduction or you’d like
to follow the entire series, you can find each post listed here.
Contentment. [sigh] Does your heart yearn for it?
We live in this fast-paced world where every single media outlet teases and tantalizes us. They enthusiastically spread the message of discontent.
We hear…our bodies are too fat or flabby…about the must-have features of the latest phone…that we need to be on Facebook and Linked-In and Twitter and Pinterest and Google+ and HomeTalk or we’ll be social media zeroes.
We walk into Macy’s or Dollar Tree or Wegman’s or Walmart or Tarjay and we see this perfect “whatever” for our feet or wrist or our home or table.
And after a day of this….where do we find ourselves?
Often…thinking poorly of ourselves and thinking we need a few perfect “whatevers” to make us look and feel good and we kill ourselves trying to do all and be all to fit the perceived mold of the world.
“Easy for you to say.”
Actually…I learned about contentment/discontentment the hard way. I drank the Kool-aid. I discovered all that striving, for things I mentioned, leaves a person totally discontent. Are you in that place?
We will be discussing contentment each Tuesday for this 31 Extraordinary Days to Be… series. So today, I am going to leave you with the biggest, the most defining thing I did to move from discontent to content.
One day I choose to be content.
Nothing magical happened that day.
I still saw all the things around me that I wanted, or thought I needed to do, to be beautiful or successful or make a lovely home.
But….I realized that all of that was a lie. A BIG fat uuuugggglllyy LIE.
You too can choose to be content.
The first step in any life change is the decision we make to turn away from our habits or mindset.
Speak out loud. Let your mind hear you say: “I am content.”
If you are a part of western culture, a re-wiring of sorts needs to take place in your mind. That’s why it is so important to say it out loud, “I am content.” And say it again, multiple times throughout the day.
This is Day 1 in our Be… #31Days series.
It would have been more fun for both of us if I would have shared a fun craft, or vignette, or table setting. But, frankly, once I pretty much settled this contentment issue, my creativity bloomed and I liked my house much better. So…maybe it is a good thing this comes first.
Did you notice I said, “pretty much?” Yeah. I haven’t arrived. I still struggle. I visit the very things I first mentioned. But, I don’t camp there anymore. And that is a very big and wonderful thing. We all get a chance to choose. And that decision is the beginning to freedom and contentment.
If you’ve discovered how to be content, please share your story or tips!!
We are in this together!
Be content my friends!
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