It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Chapter 8, Page 9, Book 16

The Way We Affect Others

We may not always realize
that everything we do,
affects not only our lives,
but touches others too.

A single happy smile
can always brighten up the day,
for anyone who happens
to be passing by your way.

And a little bit of thoughtfulness
that shows someone you care,
creates a ray of sunshine
for both of you to share.

Yes, every time you offer
someone a helping hand,
every time you show a friend
you understand.

Every time you have a kind
and gentle word to give,
you help someone to find beauty
in this precious life we live.

For happiness brings happiness
and loving ways bring love,
and giving is the treasure,
that contentment is made of.

Author Unknown
August 9th- Contentment means my happiness is not dependent upon circumstances.  

The secret of contentment is the realization that life is a gift, not a right.      

Author Unknown

To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life is indeed a gift from God.   We all want as much from life as possible, but life is a precious gift, which we must accept graciously.  I don't believe that very many of us can be truly happy by only looking out for ourselves.  We must care about the happiness of others and be concerned about future generations that will come after us.

It seems we're constantly comparing and comparing causes discontent.  It is good to notice what others are doing from time to time.  After all, that is what helps us outline what we want and don’t want in our own lives.  But comparing yourself to everyone else every step of the way takes it too far.  You know when this happens – when you stop living your dreams or start living theirs.

If you don't learn contentment, you'll never be happy. You'll always want more. To believe that we cannot be happy until we have more, is to forego any possibility of ever being content.

Regardless of what else we have or don't have, we have much reason to be happy by just being alive. Life is a gift.  Be content with the life you have, the grass is really not greener on the other side of the fence.

Contentment comes as the infallible result of great acceptances, great humilities--of not trying to make ourselves this or that, but of surrendering ourselves to the fullness of life--of letting life flow through us.       

David Grayson


betty said...

That is so true if you don't learn contentment you will never be happy. I think it is a lesson to learn early in life too. It saves a lot of misery that way down the road.


jack69 said...

I was fortunate, the last 20 years of my work life was basically, contentment. I offer little advice to young folk, but I do offer when asked this piece of advice: Know what you like, then find or make a job that pays you a living that you enjoy and do not HATE to go to work. I have never 'hated' to goto work, but many jobs I enjoyed more than others. I have worked with folk who were miserable, never content, I felt so sorry for them going thru live miserable.



Mr. Greyson got this right. So right. "Contentment comes as the infallible result of great acceptances, surrendering ourselves to the fullness of life--of letting life flow through us."