“Can you face yourself in the morning?” Can you boldly stand yourself and say, “Yes, I’m content with my life.” If you can, take a bow and go eat a cupcake. Unfortunately for me, and most of us, I identify with Belle looking into a cracked mirror.
The safe haven of being content is a constant struggle for a lot of us. Contentment is setting goals and attaining them, and finding security within yourself. It is the practice of not depending on another person or experience for happiness, and ultimately, being content is the equivalent to finding what satisfies you as an individual.
So many times have I tried to seek contentment by believing in frivolous things. I wasn’t satisfied. Some find peace in yoga and meditation. Others find it through exercise or random stress relievers so easily listed in magazines. You may not be on the same accord as I, but I have a secret to share with you. I pray for contentment. I pray to God, the Father of this universe, and ask that he give me the peace that surpasses all understanding. God is alive and omnipresent.
I digress, yes it’s true, you may not be rockin’ with the fact that there is a God, but how can we have a world that suspends on nothing, a habitat with resources for survival and autonomous people, without a conductor that orchestrates it all? Many have their own theories; from evolution to storks, but I’ll say, prayer helps me in the times when I need direction and peace of mind.
Prayer and standing on an empty shore help me to be content. I’m sharing what helps me, so maybe it might inspire you to find your own peaceful place. What are you living for? What is the driving force of your happiness? Is it money, success, family? What are the burdens weighing you down? How can you get a lift? Finding peace and love is what we naturally crave, so I implore you to fulfill that desire. I love the lyrics in the new song ‘Poetic Justice’ by Kendrick Lamar: Because, ‘Love Is Not Just A Verb It’s You Looking In The Mirror.’