I set myself a goal a few weeks ago, that I would write a Blog every Monday morning, in fact I set myself the intention that I would ‘write’ every Monday, and that I’d start out with a weekly blog.
This morning, after meditating, and then listening to a You Tube clip, which is how I like to start my day, I was reflecting on how I was feeling, and two words that came to mind were Happy and Content. That was my guide for today’s Blog, and once I was at my desk I googled definitions for Happiness and Contentment, and found these…
Vocabulary.com Definition of Contentment…
Contentment is the state of being happy and satisfied. Contentment isn't an excited kind of happy, it's more like a peaceful ease of mind.
Searches in the last month using the word Contentment 74,000
Dictionary.com Definition of Happiness…
A happy mood or happy frame of mind is characterized by, or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy. Delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing: to be happy to see a person.
Searches in the last month using the word Happy 1,220,000
Recently a friend downloaded a little tool onto my computer that shows how many times in the last month a particular word or phrase that you’re searching on, has been googled, and so I applied it to the words Happy and Contentment. As you can see the results are huge, and it makes you wonder what the context of the google searches were.
My interpretation of these stats is that many of these searches are of people reaching out for ways to achieve happiness. I feel encouraged by this because it indicates to me that, like me, these people have realised that it’s not in the acquiring of material things, such as cars, houses, holidays, or stuff… that we’ll find happiness; and I hope that they’ve discovered that Being Happy is a deliberate choice that we make, as is that feeling of Contentment.
It took me a long time, but I’ve found that I don’t have to actually possess the things that I’d love to own, or have achieved the goals I long to achieve, in order to be happy. I know (and Oh God, I am so happy to know this) that true happiness is found in appreciation of the journey towards achieving these goals, not in the actual attainment of them. In fact, all the excitement is in the ‘aspiring’ to achieve them, whereas the actual achievement often brings me a feeling of Contentment.
There are many things I still want to achieve and attain in this life, and the list grows by the day, but I choose to be happy with where I am ‘right now’, and I’m enjoying the sense of excitement that aspiring to achieve them gives me. (most of the time. Sometimes it just pisses me off that it’s taking so long)
It’s about deliberately setting an intention, every day, to Choose Happiness, no matter what!