“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus
We all want more. We want more money, more appreciation, more time, and more of all of the things we enjoy or use to enjoy life.
And we already have so much. We currently live in the most opulent time to exist on our planet and it is getting better exponentially. Yes there is bad that happens in the world, we know this. But just as there being good in the world doesn’t mean there is no bad, the opposite is also true. Still we want more.
If we want more in this world, we should want more responsibility, more accountability, and more discipline. And we should want more opportunities to practice our skills and hone our abilities.
By taking more responsibility, holding ourselves more accountable, and developing more discipline we make ourselves more indispensable to the people who depend on us. We end up with more, more influence over the people around us. More control over the things we actually have control over and most importantly, more contentment.
What we truly want isn’t necessarily more stuff, more money, or more luxury. What we really want is to be content. We just mistakenly think that more of these things will help us get there.
The truth is, being content is a choice. And often it is the choice to do the difficult things that make our lives better. Taking on the responsibility, having the difficult but important conversations, applying the discipline we need.
But making that choice makes all the difference.
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