Its not a question of being half empty or half full, it’s simply a partially filled glass of water, and it’s enough. The photograph is like a poem, anything excess has been removed and we are left with what is essential:
Being happy with what you have, being happy with who you are.
In contentment we find a way out of constant neediness, and of its materialist partner consumerism. Here we find joy and the ability to be glad because of insignificant things as they are. In Europe this glass of water is taken for granted. Being able to quench your thirst is rarely a challenge and we rarely take the time to savour and appreciate a clean gulp of water. Maybe we are just a sip away from contentment.
Contentment is not a moral stand, it’s a shift in perspective that enables each of us to find balance and strength within ourselves and take a break from the “yes, but…” or “not….enough” voices. Contentment goes hand in hand with self compassion, kindly accepting ourselves warts and all.
What makes you feel contentment? Can you generate it in your life today?