“Contented poverty is an honorable estate. Indeed if it be contented it is not poverty at all. It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, who is poor.” – Seneca
This is not aimed at those of us who truly do not have enough.
But if we are being brutally honest with ourselves, if we are reading this on the internet a few things have to be true. We have to be able to read, we have to have access to the internet, and we have to have some voluntary shelter form the elements.
In that case, chances are, those of us reading this today, we have enough.
So our aim should never be to have more of the things we need. We should be looking at the things we will never have again and finding ways to make the most of those. Time. Family. Shared experience. Once our basic needs are met, our goal – in addition to becoming the best versions of ourselves – should be to maximize these resources.
Because we don’t get these things back. Our children are only children for a short period of time. Then they aren’t. Our loved ones are only here for a short period of time. Then they aren’t.
We should be content with what we have. And then we should focus on maximizing our contentment.
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