In the book of Philippians Paul says, “For I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am in.” What is most thought-invoking about this to me, is that he says we have to LEARN contentment. It’s a state of happiness and satisfaction that doesn’t come from upgrading our phone, car, or house or landing that dream job. It’s learning to be satisfied in whatever circumstances we are in right now at this moment.
I believe there are three ways we can learn contentment. First, find a role model or choose to observe a few people who display contentment that you can learn from. My examples were my mother and an elderly Texas couple who epitomized contentment in their everyday lives, regardless of their circumstances.
Also, set your mind and keep it set on contentment. Choose to focus on the positives before problems arise and realize that having more or doing something different usually isn’t the answer to keeping us any more satisfied. And lastly, my favorite way of learning contentment is to practice gratitude. Focus on everything you have to be grateful for and contentment is sure to follow. Learn contentment, regardless of your circumstances, and a richer, more fulfilling life is sure to follow.