Can We Ever Get To The Stage Of Contentment In This Life?

By Saturday, May 28, 2016 0

The insatiability of human wants is a basic, fact-based sociological concept. No sooner do we have what we want or undergo an experience we’ve always yearned for than we want something else, often after labouring for that first desire under the delusional belief that it would be the limit of our greed.

So then, this begs the questions: What is it that we want out of life? Does greed have a limit? I recall that at the tail end of 2015 and the beginning of this year, the days were usually as cerulean as never before; no cloud in the sky for miles on end and hence the sun shone on us like never before. So, as illustrated above, we as sentient beings, and through our innate state that ostensibly robs us of our contentment, kept complaining about how hot it was. Now the rains are here. Should we be complaining? When is the zenith of contentment ever reached?

It’s not only the weather patterns that deprive us of satisfaction. No. As humans, we tend to invest so much energy, money and resources into material things. I’m not special when it comes to committing such sins. But, through prayer and years of experience, i have since diversified.

And now, through my book Rainbows in my Clouds, my team and i have since been putting smiles on people’s faces by paying medical bills to people who have been afflicted by cancer through the Cancer Awareness and Treatment Support Initiative (CATSI). All proceeds of the book go towards this cause. The smiles on their faces is enough satisfaction.

As you think about contentment, i’ll leave you with these quotes:

The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.
Arab Proverb

When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, ‘Oh yes – I already have everything that I really need.’
Dalai Lama

He who is contented is rich.
Lao Tzu


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