Contentment is the natural result of a fundamental centering in love and truth. The heart and mind of an individual thus oriented are in agreement as touching all matters of living; conspicuously absent are confusion, conflict, and insecurity.
Contentment is the state of being in which one is happy with things as they now are. That said, one of the few constants in life is change, and in contentment is the understanding that things as they now are are not always as they will be. Change is a graceful and fluid state in which one is at peace with, while being an agent of, eternal progress.
“Love” a Haiku by Gregg Hake
Heart-shaped leaf below,
So rushed I nearly missed it-
Love’s oft lost in haste
Imitation is the highest form of flattery, but the lowest form of self-expression.
Imitation is natural to the child, but imitation ought to give way to authenticity as one matures into adulthood.
Imitation can prime the pump of your genuine, innate self-expression, if you are willing to take the pump by the handle.
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
As simple as this advice is, following it quickly becomes a full-time job. The nice part about it is, though, is that the moment you begin living this way is also the moment that you stop wasting time manufacturing and selling excuses for why you haven’t been seizing the day.
“Morning Prayer,” a poem by Gregg Hake
Good morning wee hours,
Good morning day.
Good morning sunshine,
In which I now pray.
I pray for the newness,
Prepared in the night.
I greet it with calmness,
And utter delight!
Soon I shall rise up,
To walk in the light.
To make all things new,
Well into the night.
“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.” – Dale Carnegie
People criticize, condemn, and complain in order to establish their relative value in the world. Doing so, however, reveals that they haven’t a clue about their absolute value.
In reality, each and every person on earth is a valuable member of the body of humanity. Each one is born with a purpose, and criticism, condemnation, and complaint are little more than impediments to the revelation of that purpose.
Understanding and forgiveness, however, on the other hand, clear the way for the expression of the trove of value present in each one.