Like balance, treatment joy and contentment can be difficult to achieve in our over-booked and stressed lives. In the midst of our busy-ness, we find ourselves reminiscing about youth and how easy and carefree life was back then. We can easily spend too much energy trying to re-create those special moments, whether it’s through the unachievable expectations we set for the holidays, trips and weekend getaways; or the relentless pursuit of the fountain of youth.
Authentic joy and contentment cannot be manufactured from the outside, they must be cultivated from the inside. Joy and contentment come from:
- The struggles we face when we are striving to achieve our greatest passions. The most important things in life are rarely easy.
- Our spirituality which gives meaning and guidance to all that we do, especially when we feel lost.
- Our personal believes that help us sort through the complexities of life and our perspective about what’s right or wrong.
- The courage we show in the face of adversity. When we overcome a challenge we build on our resilient spirit at the same time.
- The patience we show when things aren’t moving as fast as we think they should. Being willing to allow time and space to shape the answers we need, at that particular time, will help bring joy and contentment into our lives.
Paradoxically, it is in the struggles of life that we find the greatest joy and contentment; when we have to dig deep and draw on our own inner strengths. It is when we focus on our own internal compass rather than using your energies to manufacture it externally that we find true joy and contentment.
Dianne is a certified coach who helps individuals thrive as they successfully manage the dynamics of incessant demands; and the author of a new book: If There Are No Limits… A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. For more information, visit the book page on this website.