To Be Contented, or Not To Be.

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“To be content with less is sinful” –Wallace D. Wattles

Are you contented with your life right now?

Sure this is a somewhat arguable topic.

We often hear from our parents that we should be contented with what we have:

Anak, matuto kang makuntento sa kung anong meron ka. Mahirap lang tayo.

There are several Bible scriptures giving guidance to its readers about contentment:

Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you” -Hebrews 13:5

But the Bible says that Jesus has plans to prosper us, it also says:

You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day. -Deuteronomy 8:18

Which is which? Ano ba talaga?

To set things straight, contentment means the state of being satisfied. It is quite different from happiness and gratefulness.

Practically speaking, I think all of us want a more comfortable life. Who would not want to sleep in a comfy memory foam bed if one  has been sleeping in a papag with a clan of vampire bed bugs feasting on his blood while he’s asleep?

As human beings, all of us, once in a while, feel discontentment with our current state in life. It is actually our spiritual nature to seek growth and improvement. Our inner self – our soul –deeply needs to manifest constant change in our lives.

Think of an employee that after years of doing his dream job suddenly feels the bored, wanting to get a new job. Rich businessmen keep on starting new businesses. Famous celebrities got burned out from doing the things they love. Couples, who after having years of perfect relationship, suddenly break up, because the husband (or the wife) has found a new partner.

When success become empty and meaningless, your inner selfis telling you: “hey, it’s time to upgrade”.

By the way, in terms of relationship, upgrade does not mean you have to find someone else better. Couples can upgrade their relationship by doing new bonding activities, and yes, it may include new sexual activities.

When we feel the need to upgrade our life, either a change in career, improvement in lifestyle, get richer, or be healthier, the devil inside us will get in our way. It is our ego.

Now, think of any job, hobby or business that you want to do that is more fulfilling, more financially rewarding, and more fun to do than what you are doing now. Got one already?

Now imagine yourself leaving your current job to pursue this dream job. Did you feel the resistance? Did you hear that little evil voice?

99.99% of us would hear that little voice telling us “what?! I can’t just leave my job”, “I can’t do that”, “how about my family?”, “Am I being selfish?” –that is our ego at its finest!

Our ego’s job is to maintain a status quo by giving us doubts and fears whenever we think of change. It’s the very reason why most of us choose to live a mediocre life. The very reason why we always come to the conclusion (actually it is just an excuse) that we need to be contented with what we have.

As I have said, our inner self intensely wants to manifest constant changes in our lives. It may use sickness and diseases just for us to go with the constant flow of change. That is why, after doing the same job for 40 years, most of the retirees have hypertension, cataract, heart diseases and other degenerative diseases. Healthy living is also an upgrade that our ego prevents us from doing.

Just remember, we are not our ego. We are more powerful than ourego. We must control our ego, not the other way around.

Being discontented does not mean being greedy for more money and wealth. It does not simply mean wanting to earn more, it means wanting to grow more to earn more to experience more things.

Don’t deprive yourself from your spiritual need of wanting, being, doing and having more. Do not deny the signs of discontentment. Go with God’s natural flow of life. He is always preparing better plans for us.

If you always update your smartphone to the latest OS version when it displays the update prompt, you also need to update your mindset to upgrade yourself to the best version of you (yet) when you feel the emptiness and boredom.

There is more to life, seize it because you deserve it.

Feel good always and stay inspired.

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