A friend recently posted on Facebook, “I’m not happy being content.” This really resonated with me.
Content is one of those words that can have a positive or negative connotation. Some might feel content is good, as in satisfied and happy with what you have. In my view, content means complacent. It means letting life pass you by. It means giving up the fight to learn more, be more, and give more.
I am thankful for all I have. A nice house, a wonderful family, food, heat, entertainment. In terms of basic needs and even most wants, I appreciate what I have. But content? Never. I want to be growing, improving, changing and making things better for the rest of my life.
My husband and I were recently having a political discussion and he mentioned the Roman Empire’s idea of “Bread & Circuses,” which refers to the concept that if the people are given entertainment and food staples, they are easy to control. I think it’s interesting from a personal growth perspective how many people are content with bread and circuses. Is it human nature to be complacent when we’re fed and entertained? How much richer could our lives (and society) be if we always worked to improve?
The Discipline Project is my way of reminding myself every day to try to improve and to help others improve. What do you think? Is “content” negative or positive to you?