Sitting on our back porch sipping our coffee with the sun shining on our pale faces .. .was pretty much perfect. It is certainly true that when something is withheld for a time it becomes increasingly more desired and precious. We felt content.
They didn't feel that they would be anymore content with more money. They feel that most people place the highest value of contentment on family relationships.
Canada scored higher in the happiness scale than the US. Good to know. Really how are these things measured? How do we feel as if we are content? I confess until yesterday, I complained bitterly about the weather . .day in and day out. This is mostly for show, since when making small talk in line ups and casual conversations it would seem unrealistic and a bit odd to be joyous of another drizzly day.
Perhaps that explains why when the sky looked as it did yesterday we felt utterly content with our surroundings.
This caused me to wonder of my own life. . .what if anything would make me happier. I understand happiness to be rather superficial depending on the circumstances I find myself in. Momentary unhappiness is caused by things like pouring water in the coffee maker when it was already filled, and thus caused messy flooding on the counter top. I'm generally a bit unhappy when I leave a batch of cookies in the oven for double the length of time and ruin them. I felt a bit unhappy when i recently spent hours baking a cake that was destined for the garbage from the moment it began . . . .Oh vey!! Does this then make me a person who is discontented?
Generally speaking I suppose I am blessed to be content. Certainly as with most people there are circumstances in my life which I would choose to change if I had the power to do so. Everyone has stuff. Challenges in our lives and how we choose to deal with them make us who we are.
The deeper question and one that they didn't discuss is whether we have joy. Joy is infinitely more important than happiness. Joy deep within the soul remains even when our circumstances go awry.
Believing that nothing touches my life except being passed by the hand of God allows me to rest in the assurance that my life is in His hands. As a child of God I trust God's heart even when I don't understand all that He allows. In believing and understanding this truth for my life . ..I have joy.
So . .I'm wondering today .. .if you are not one of the folks from Denmark .. .would you still say that you live in a state of contentment today? Just for today, what would make a difference?
Alrighty. . .you know the drill .. . line up and get your pedometers fastened with duct tape or whatever else works for you. This morning on an advertising clip promoting heart health, they had several points which claim to be beneficial. One of those points was wearing a pedometer. Another thing that they said was vital was to have friends, at least 10.
Well, I have both . .. (including you of course) .. . so I'm set.
Have a wonderful day my friends .. . The sky is blue .. . again.