Chairs Are Pretty Useful
My older brother is a life coach. Contentment is a daily topic he goes over with his clients. It seems that in the hustle and bustle of adult-city-slickin’-money-making life, we forget how to enjoy life. People very often find themselves discontent with all of the things they’ve accumulated. They’re left with a feeling of wanting more. So with their wealth of resources (or with their lack of resources), they begin to acquire more and more things to fill that desire.
In relationships, we seek contentment in love and friendship. Unfortunately what often happens, in large part due to miscommunication, we get used to the things we like in others and continually point out the things we don’t. This negative outlook leads to discontentment in the relationship. The focus on what we don’t like eventually brings us to believe we don’t like the other person/people.
With friendships, you feel like you always need to reach out so that you have company. If you don’t initiate the socialization, you won’t go anywhere because no one ever invites you first. It gets tiring, and discontentment with those so-called friends grows.
Of course, this doesn’t apply to all relationships. Don’t generalize fellas. But really, you know it happens.
Where there are things that exist, there is the possibility to become displeased with them. True statement.
Where there are things that exist, there is the possibility to enjoy the crap out of it. Also a true statement.
If there’s one thing I’ve realized, it’s that life is an honest-to-goodness case of ‘what you make of it.’ Easier said than done, of course, so I’ve put together a short list of some ways I’ve gotten around to being content and not wanting that which I feel I don’t have.
Exercise is important. It gets the blood flowing and puts you in a better mood- guy or girl. Something to do with endorphins making you feel like you’re on morphine or whatever.
2. The Double Tap
Whatever it is you think you thought, repeat it out loud. Sometimes what we think doesn’t make any sense, and you won’t get it until you hear it. Maybe repeat it to a person. If they give you a crazy look, perhaps a rethink is in order. Unless you’re repeating to a stranger, they might give you a weird look regardless.
3. No Attachments
Becoming too attached to things, even relationships can be detrimental. For things, having too many creates clutter. A cluttered room creates a cluttered mind. Likewise, a clear room enables a clear mind. Be willing to let go non-essential things, you’ll be better off for it, and more content with what you do have. In relationships, if one is not bettering you as a person, or worse shaping you into a poopy-person, be willing to step away from it. You are the average of the people you spend the most time with, make it worth yours and their time.
4. Bounty Paper Towels
I can’t state enough how important good paper towels are. It’s beyond frustrating when you use low-quality paper, the mess just streaks and the sheet breaks leaving you with a mess of paper and dirty hands. Bounty = great stuff.
5. Opportunity Knocks
Learn to relax a little. Being tense closes you off to opportunities right in front of you. Just chill, be patient and don’t be afraid to try new things.
6. Always Carry a Change of Underwear
This should speak for itself. Dirty underwear is no fun. Especially if you’re having social anxiety and you’ve just $h4T your pants.
7. Be a Hero
Not saying go and stop people getting robbed, but not saying don’t go and stop people from being robbed. Really, though, be a person of integrity. Keep your word, expect the same of others. It’s unfortunate how rare that is these days.
8. It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint. Unless it’s a Sprint, Then Sprint.
Words to live by. Whenever you try something new in life, it’s usually going to be a marathon. Working up in your career, starting a new business, creating a loving relationship. Things take time. There are also times when you need to act! When time comes to hustle, you hustle and work. Be the hardest working person in the room, but also understand that things take time.
9. Use Your Thumbs
As a fellow human, I’m assuming you have thumbs. This means you can create and manipulate your environment in the fashion that only us homo-sapiens can. The act of creating, whether it’s an act of kindness, idea, product, art or whathaveyou- can help you to get out of your head. The secret to living is giving – Tony Robins
10. Enjoy The Little Things
There’s a lot to enjoy if you open yourself to be able to enjoy them. This chair I’m sitting on is great. As is the computer I’m typing on. I usually take them for granted, but right now- they’re amazing. That’s all I need.
These are 10 of the things I try to do to live a content life. When things get off center, any or all of these things are good reminders that life’s good.
Also, if you happened to notice that these were taken straight out of the Zombieland movie, then you’ve got a good eye 🙂