Saturday, April 25, 2020
It's not easy to be content in life. One is always striving towards goals or plans. It's normal to have goals and to work to improve oneself. But I think that you can do that while being content during this.
I wrote here (a different blog) about simplicity. In life, in diet, in exercise routine, in the way of thinking, even in fashion. Keeping it simple in everything can bring contentment. Or contribute to the level of it. For sure this is accurate for me.
I was born and raised in a former communist country. I lived there during communism for two decades of my life. I can really appreciate simple things in life. Like being in nature, staying in the present moment, appreciating a character quality, a discrete and elegant dress, a simple and satisfying meal, a wise person etc.
I've been an American now for many years and I lived in other countries also, in Western Europe. What I still find surprising, living in the most developed countries...is that most people there have lost this quality. The quality of living simply and in contentment with each other and with life in general.
For example, it's surprising that so many people in the west suffer from addictions. They try to escape life in a different reality, using drugs, alcohol, food etc. to do that. Why depend on an external "magic pill" to feel happy for a moment? I find this sad.
I remember entering a coffee chain shop (the first time in my life, decades ago), quite known in the world, and being so surprised that people were convinced that paying 4-5 dollars for a cup of coffee is OK. The coffee was not even spectacular. I've had spectacular coffee in Vienna, Austria and it was not so expensive. Vienna is the capital of coffee in the world, if I remember correctly. The process of making your own coffee is so lovely. I used to drink it every day in the past, many years ago, not anymore now. I liked the turkish coffee, in very small cups, very strong and black. I had a particularly way of making it, would boil it twice and enjoy it for minutes. The kajmak (creamy foam in the coffee) was particularly tasty.
We are living difficult times now, the unknown for the future is making some people anxious. In my opinion, many will be forced to live a different life, to make big changes in their spending habits. Some will not deal with this too well.
Contentment with what you already have in life is nice to have. Contentment in God is the ultimate goal.
All the best!