There is a quiet beauty to one who has contentment. I don’t think I fully realized that before. As much as I love my home and family, I always felt I needed to add to or embellish the simple to make “unique”, “special” and “memorable”. Is it wrong to take pride in work, friendships, social media presence or perfect house decor? Not entirely, but the last few weeks, and I’m sure the weeks to come, are proving to be challenging as much of my “unique” is stripped to the “simple”…and it is not a completely bad thing. Finding contentment is my goal this week. Enjoy some simple spring touches…the season of change and rebirth.
“To be content doesn’t mean you don’t desire more, it means you’re thankful for what you have and patient for what’s to come.” Tony Gaskins
“A contented heart is a calm sea in the midst of all storms.” Anonymous
“A harvest of peace is produced from a seed of contentment.” Proverb
“Contentment makes poor men rich, discontent makes rich men poor.” Benjamin Franklin
“Contentment always eludes those who don’t count themselves blessed for what they already have.” Anonymous
I have to admit, I didn’t feel a lot of gratitude this week. What I did feel was a lot of anxiety, frustration, grief, helplessness and impatience. The situation is hard, the Princess wanted to see her friends, I longed for our sweet family vacation time and my hero still had to go out into the world and help others. A glance at Facebook inspired new fears of the unknown and sorrow for the future of so many people. It’s a lot, and Spring decor just didn’t seem to inspire me like it usually does. But, our neighborhood is alive with color, the air filled with the sound of birds and the vegetable garden in progress. We have food in our pantry, internet for school needs and a stack of new library books I picked up the day before life changed! This week I’m practicing gratitude…I found some quotes to help bring us some balance and some pictures of a few spring touches. I hope both bring you joy.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust
We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” — Cynthia Ozick
There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” — Ralph H. Blum
The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.” — Richard Bach