What is contentment? Is it that elusive feeling on simply being myself?
If in doubt consult the dictionary about your Word of the Year
I love the dictionary – in years gone by I always had a battered, dog-eared copy at my desk and although use the computer these days, I miss the habit of leafing through wafer thin pages to find a word I was looking for and then getting lost finding other new words to add to my vocabulary.
When I looked up the definition of content – it really resonated with how I feel right now, but more importantly how I want to feel in the next year.
Content as an adjective is described as being in a state of peaceful happiness. Synonyms included contented, satisfied, pleased. Pretty good so far.
Content as a verb means to satisfy (someone) – “nothing would content her apart from going off to Barcelona”. I kind of like that one too, although I may alter that to the Algarve, Tuscany or elsewhere.
The synonyms for the verb content are soothe, pacify, placate, appease, please, mollify, make happy, satisfy, still, quieten, silence. There are some positive words here, but some have little red flags. One thing that always happens when you choose a word is unexpected consequences. After reading these verbs, I will be quite wary. I have learnt over the years that it is important to be content yourself before trying to placate others.
Content as a noun is simply a state of satisfaction, and that is really what I am after. I am grateful and satisfied with what beautiful abundance that I have in my life.
Why I choose a Word of the Year every year.
Choosing a word of the year is something that has become so integral to my life. I am so grateful for the moment many years ago that I said to myself, “Kerry, things must change”. I chose the word balance and started the change that has given me the life I have today.
2018 will be a year in which I relax into myself and let myself be content. I will remind myself that I am ok just as I am and that I can take joy in being satisfied.
Three magnets for your Word of the Year
Part of the process that I have developed while following the Word of the Year programme, which I now share with others is that I try to identify three areas in my life as ‘ magnets’ for ensuring that my word works towards my overall vision for my life.
For my year of content I have identified these three areas in no particular order.
- To be content with what I have – especially in relation to food. When I feel content with what I have eaten I will stop, relish the taste and know that being content is enough.
- To learn that I am ok as I am. I don’t need to push myself beyond my limitations. Suffering from arthritis and fibromyalgia amongst other things means that pain is my constant companion and that I get very tired. I have always been the person that pushes myself beyond, believing that there is something left in the reservoir. I learnt the hard way last year that isn’t always the case. Giving myself a serious concussion as well as other injuries was a big wake up call.
- I will be open to new opportunities and then choose to be content with what life offers me. If we open our eyes, ears and hearts to what the world has to offer and simply accept, we stand a far greater chance of happiness than if we are continually looking for something better.
I am ready to embark on a wonderful year of contentment.
If you would like to know more about the Word of the Year programme I run (which is free!) join our group on Facebook. You can also look into how choosing a single word for each year has changed my life by reading some of the other posts I have written.
Thank you once again for reading my ramblings, and would love to hear your feedback.
I wish you a happy and contented new year.