When I began contemplation of the letter "C" there were so many choices. Choices, was actually a topic I considered, along with Crossroads, Commitment, Consistency and a host of others. Alas, I finally settled on the word contentment.
I feel it is important to be content, but not to become complacent. Is there a difference? Well, I believe there is and I believe this is one of the HUGE problems facing our country today. In a sad reversal of priorities we have become complacent and discontent.
To be content means to be happy enough with what one has; being able to be satisfied with the blessings one has without always wanting something more, something newer, something we deem "better".
To be complacent means we have become self-satisfied, smug. We have become lazy and unaware of the dangers and deficiencies which have befallen us.
I know I have been guilty of both. I let my malcontent with what I had, and what I could afford, drive me into building a small mountain of debt for myself. Instead of being satisfied with what I had, I always wanted the newest, the shiniest, the fastest, the "best" there was. I was totally in the "keeping up with the Jones' mode". Also, because of my complacency, I was ignoring the dangers signs and the deficiencies of the path I was on and the glaring SHARP TURN AHEAD sign that was looming in front of me.
We all have to learn in our own manner. I am now learning the hard way the error of my ways. I am learning to be content with what I have, and... what I can afford. I'm actually enjoying it. Alot of the stress of keeping up, was aleviated the moment I realized that path was a dark and treacherous one, frought with heartache and disappointment. The veil has been lifted from my complacent eyes and I am thankful.
Contentment. It's a great word! One I am learning to appreciate more and more everyday. I hope you will too.