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Archive for June, 2010

Jun
13

Love and Gratitude

Yesterday was the happiest day of my life. The births of my children were the most deeply transformative days of my life – a whole new person who is yours and made of you! – but for pure unadulterated happiness, yesterday takes the cake. (And the cake was good, too.)

Now I'm off for two weeks on honeymoon in Wales, my favorite place on earth – soon to be one of my new husband's favorites, I hope.  So probably no blogging.

Until I'm back, I wish you all love and challenge, joy and satisfaction, gratitude and curiosity.

Posted in Community

Jun
5

Contentment

Lately, I've been reflecting on the feeling of contentment.  I am generally content, and over the past year more so than ever before.  I consider it an entirely positive thing.

Then last week, I was talking with a client about the future he wants to create for himself, and he said, "I never want to feel content – I always want to be moving forward."  I just listened, and as he continued speaking, I realized that in his mind contentment and complacency are nearly synonymous.  He believes that if he is truly content, he will no longer feel motivated to achieve.

I believe the exact opposite.  When I'm content — not restless, out of balance, or revved up in any way; but simply at peace and and full of joy — I am at my most productive.  When I'm content with my life, none of my energy has to go toward trying to make myself feel OK, feel better, and I can focus entirely on experiencing and accomplishing those things that are truly important to me.

What about you?  Do you consider contentment the strong foundation from which you build, or a dangerous soporific?

Posted in Thinking