Contentment is never the outcome of fulfillment, of achievement, or of the possession of things; it is not born of action or inaction. It comes with the fullness of what is, not in the alteration of it.
“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
1. Show humility.
Clearly, it’s important to be humble. We can all do our part to show more humility in life, even if we think we might lack the capacity to do so. However, especially after experiencing the monumental defeats that come along with failure, the importance for humility becomes far more apparent.
When I sweep my floors, I think “I feel thankful to have what I have and a joy to take care of it.” It sounds funny, but many boring household chores are what others would wish for. These chores are a service to my family and a healthy dose of humbleness for my soul.
Humility also paves the way for kindness. People that are more humble are more likely to give to others that are in need. They can empathize better, not just sympathize, with the plight of others. And while there are plenty reasons why we should show more humility in life
2. Simplify life.
A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person. For me, it means eliminating all but the essential, eschewing chaos for peace, and spending your time doing what’s important to you.
Very few things in life are a real crisis. Those that are cannot be solved by worry but by deliberate and thoughtful actions. Take decisive action to cut out the things that complicate and thus rob you of true contentment.
I’ve begun to clear whole days on my calendar of planned events. These are free days that I can spend with my family spontaneously.
Life is impermanent
The cherry blossom falls after its short beautiful bloom.In the world, everything is changing, except change itself.
Being part of the world, we are constantly changing too. Our relationships change, our health changes, our thoughts and emotions change. The problem, however, is that most people don’t like change and do anything they can in order to prevent it.
It floats gently down to earth. Its life is over, but the limitedness of its existence is one of the biggest reasons the blossom is so gorgeous. If we knew that the blossom would last forever, it wouldn’t have the same poignant beauty, and we’d take it for granted.
We are so attached to the kind of life we are living – our, possessions, work, friends and so on – that we’re afraid to let go of them when we should, even though in reality it’s not always in our control to keep them by our side. sooner or later life is bound to take them away from us, and unless we embrace change and let ourselves flow with the river of life, we will always remain victims of fear.
4. Honesty keeps things simple
“No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.”
When we are pretending to be someone we’re not, we are expending much of our energy trying to keep that mask on, suppressing our thoughts and emotions. Trying to conform to an image, we become locked in a self-imposed mental prison, which doesn’t allow us to live spontaneously and care-free.
A life of simplicity can be defined as a life that has removed all of the nonessential. It is marked by oneness. It is uncomplicated. As a result, it is freeing. It allows our lives to be focused on the things that are most important to us.
Living an honest life takes effort – especially at the beginning. It requires a decision to pursue it and some action steps to get it started. But once it begins to gain momentum in your life and you begin to realize its many benefits, honesty will become easier and easier.
Honesty is not just the best policy for simplicity, it is the only policy. True simplicity is unattainable without it. And that’s the truth
5. Pain and self-growth go hand in hand
Pain is there for a reason – to show us that something wrong is going on in our lives. It is a wake-up call, reminding us that we need to take action in order to relieve ourselves from it. Pain, therefore, helps us to find out how to overcome life’s hardships, by urging us to learn, become more intelligent, and eventually master the art of living in contentment.
Self-growth can be tremendously painful at times, and you need to fully embrace this fact, if you are willing to create the best version of yourself.
Pain is a great teacher, so never forget to pay attention to the important lessons it has to teach you.