POSTS IN Contentment

On endings (Part II)

(Part I is here) “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” Leonardo da Vinci Anything we create will end. Endings can be rough – I still remember (on the smallest scale) the sense of deflation that came at the end of school productions; I’d almost always get ill straight afterwards. That difficulty, though, is why it’s […]

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Impact: showing vs. making

I want to make a difference. I want to change things. I want to have an impact. My personal website lays it out loud and clear: Write. Speak. Create. Inspire. Sometimes, though, creating content is more about showing a difference than making a difference. Take World Vision, for example. I manage the social media for […]

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Progress

I can still remember the whirr, hiss, buzz and beep of the external modem dialing in to “The Internet” when we first had it installed at home. I remember having limited access because it cost the same per minute as a local phone call each time you used it. I remember being patient enough (excited […]

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On endings

All good things come to an end. I’m not sure who said it, but it’s true. It’s equally true that bad things end, too. “Everything will be alright in the end. And if it’s not alright, it’s not the end.” Unknown. Recognising and preparing for endings is what makes them palatable, what helps us to […]

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Learning to want less

Although we don’t always make them public, we all have desires, goals, ambitions, heady thoughts of the things we might achieve. Ambition is a great trait: the force that drives us to be as good as we can be, to reach as high as we can reach. But we mustn’t let ambition mask how blessed […]

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Messages drive content

I love creating stuff. Call it art, call it content, call it whatever you will, I just love creating. There’s a freedom, a vitality, an immediacy to the act of creation that fills me with the kind of contentment and, dare I say it, happiness that I seek in every day life. Other than when […]

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A lifestyle of contentment

Tim Ferris, dream merchant to many aspiring entrepreneurs, expounds this view perfectly in his seminal “work from anywhere, do whatever you like” business book The 4-Hour Work Week. In the book he helps readers realise that you don’t need millions of pounds (or dollars, yen or euros) to live like a millionaire – most of […]

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Finding contentment when your head’s in the game

It’s easy to let the idea of contentment slip into the ether when you’ve got your head down on a deadline and are struggling to make all the right things happen in the right order. That’s why it’s vital that you take time to stop, even for a moment, and see things for what they […]

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Contentment isn’t middle-of-the-road

There’s a temptation to read Friday’s post as advocating middle-of-the-road living – that contentment is neither happiness nor sadness, neither positive nor negative in outlook. The opposite is true. Contentment is a relentlessly positive way to live. It’s about embracing the upsides while limiting the downsides. It’s being grateful while acknowledging that times get tough, […]

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Why happiness is a fallacy

We all love to be happy. I wrote an entire blog for more than six years about happiness. But I stopped because I realised happiness is a fallacy – it’s a nebulous, imperfect, uncontainable force that is almost impossible to replicate in any meaningful way. We can all be content – it’s a state of […]

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