We should learn to distinguish between, expectation, gratitude and contentment. Expectation is the source of many frustrations because of selfishness and self-centeredness. What is there for me is the attitude of many of us in dealing with others. Sometimes we have to check our attitude and put ourselves in the place of others to realize how egoistic, egocentric and greedy we are.

We always want more, more, more. Our desire can never be satisfied. We fall from the pursuit of the ideal living and thinking high the moment we want to multiply our daily
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, and faithfulness the best relationship-Buddha
 wants and do not realize that our happiness lies in being contented.

Contentment means embracing a sense of satisfaction and sufficiency. Contentment sees the cup half full instead of half empty and the beauty and bounty that are available to us. It allows us to take pleasure in what we have and what we are, even life's simplest offerings. It frees us from envy and longing and so makes us generous.

When you are discontented, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, 'Oh yes - I already have everything that I really need.'Dalai Lama
I have learned that health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth; faithfulness the best relationship, hope and confidence make us a happy life. No one is born happy but everyone is born with ability to create happiness.

Although contentment is influenced by external circumstances, it is an internal attitude and can be cultivated no matter what our situation. It looks for the riches that can be found amidst poverty and the small marvels that can be found in terrible conditions. Contentment is the close kin of gratitude and wonder.

I have learned that by sharing something to inspire, to encourage, to motivate and not to brag nor create an impression; to try to enjoy every minute of our life and don’t wait for something outside ourselves are the secrets of happiness.

By Tim Pedrosa


 

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