Contentment is the absence of wanting. Contentment is appreciation for what one has, not what one lacks. The opposite of contentment is longing, dissatisfaction, greed, avarice, and lust. Contentment is being satisfied with one’s present condition. Its mantra may well be, “This too shall pass.” Contentment knows that life is full of seasons, changes, and good things. The difficult or bad times never last.
When one is content, one can endure, with grace, nearly every circumstance. Contentment takes the good and the bad, judging neither. Contentment comes from an attitude of gratefulness; what I have is all I need. Contentment comes from a place of appreciation for all the bounty one has in the present moment.
“I have what I need” is an acknowledgment of what we have. Most of the time we have people who love us, sunshine, beauty, and health, and much more. They don’t all go away on the same day, so whatever challenge there is, there is still much to be satisfied with. Contentment on some level is possible in all circumstances. Are you looking at what you lack, or are you looking at what you have?