I love the feeling of contentment.
Yesterday morning, giving myself to Unplugged Sabbath Time, I slowed way down, meandered around our land and felt my senses open wide to the wonder of sunlight dancing through leaves, songs of birds, frogs and stream, fragrance of newly moist vegetation and springiness of earth beneath bare feet. I needed nothing and wanted nothing.
Contentment woke me up to the holy blessing of the world just exactly as it was.
Discontentment also wakes me up.
It also can be a holy blessing.
This is the discontent that compels you to create, to dream bigger, to evolve ever more fully into your own potential and to create positive change in the world.
It is an evocative power that calls forth aspects of yourself you may sense but not yet have words for.
Healthy discontent can give you impetus to take action.
Looking online I found several inspiring quotes about the value of discontent.
Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing. ~ Kenneth Grahame from The Wind in the Willows
You can be still and still moving. Content even in your discontent.~ Ram Dass
I believe that curiosity, wonder and passion are defining qualities of imaginative minds and great teachers; that restlessness and discontent are vital things; and that intense experience and suffering instruct us in ways that less intense emotions can never do.
~Kay Redfield Jamison
Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress. ~Mahatma Gandhi
I’d love to hear from you.
How has discontentment been a positive force in your life?
How do these two qualities, contentment and discontentment, show up and interact in your life?