Decoding contentment
Life Positive|August 2020
Decoding contentment
We all get shocked when we hear about affluent and successful people committing suicide due to depression.
Suresh Mohan Semwal

Isn’t it ironical that, on one hand, so-called poor and ordinary people sell their jewellery, house, land, and even their organs to continue living and, on the other, so-called celebrities with loads of money and fame live in depression and, at times, even take the extreme decision to commit suicide? Why is it that such talented, committed, physically fit, and rich people go through these feelings of aloneness (despite having millions of fans, family, friends), anxieties, and depression? The feeling of discontentment can be one of the major reasons, I guess.

I saw a YouTube video in which the speaker was emphasising on the importance of commitment and not getting trapped in the contentment zone. Although the explanations were quite motivating, I think they were incomplete and can be misunderstood, which may lead to ugly consequences. Does contentment stop you from making efforts and progress? Or can lack of contentment drive you so crazy that you live miserably despite all possessions and positions? I think we need to look at this discontentment more deeply.

I am sure we all have those moments where we feel totally restless and upset with life. Sometimes, these thoughts and feelings go away quickly, but other times, it gets to the point where you feel unfulfilled with your life for weeks, months, and maybe, even years. If it becomes a chronic feeling, then we need to look at it carefully. Answer the following questions:

• Do you get hurt easily?

• Do you get angry quite often and easily?

• Do you judge others constantly? Do you also feel that you are being judged?

• Do you judge yourself frequently?

• Are you suspicious of other’s motives all the time?

• Do you become restless and irritated easily?

• Do you consider yourself to be a selfish or self-obsessed person?

• Do you constantly find something lacking in your life?

If the answer to most of the questions above is ‘yes,’ I am afraid you are suffering from discontentment, and I suggest you continue reading the rest of the article.

Most of us are in pursuit of happiness, isn’t it? The purpose of anything and everything we do or don’t do is to attain happiness. Still, happiness seems to be an ever-elusive target. We hardly ever see people constantly happy. Life keeps throwing different challenges at us, and we get off balance.

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