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Monday, October 11, 2010

Contentment

According to my Oxford American Dictionary content adj. contented, satisfied with what one has.

I have to say that I feel very satisfied and very content, with my life. There are moments that I feel such joy, and it is always over the very simplest of things. For example, in the morning I head out of the back door with the Lady, our puppy, and a bucket of feed for our steer, I walk towards the west, the sun behind me and lighting the trees at the back of our property everything looks peaceful in the early morning light. Lady and I stop to let out the chickens, she always has to jump up at the gate just in case the chickens don't realize she is there, then we head out to Jersey. Jersey always ambles over to greet us, although I am sure his main interest is for the contents of the blue bucket, rather than Lady and I. Then we turn to walk back to the house, oftentimes there is a light mist over the back yard, and I feel such contentment as I see our house rising out of the mist and the morning dew sparkling in the sunlight, it is truly one of my favorite things and when I feel stressed I picture this view.
I feel contentment when I hang out the laundry, behind the wash line there are a number of white pines, they always look beautiful against the blue sky and are a perching place for any number of birds, the clean laundry smells pleasant as it flaps in the breeze, the sun feels good against my skin, it is peaceful.
I feel contentment while making bread, this Saturday I made two batches of bread, each batch requires about fifteen minutes of kneading. I find the rhythm of kneading very relaxing, it slows everything down, it is just me and the bread dough working together, the dough changes slowly from a somewhat gloppy mess to a smooth, elastic mass. Then there is satisfaction in seeing ten loaves rising on the counter, at last ready to bake, and then the whole house filled with the delightful aroma of fresh baked bread. And finally, loaves of baked bread cooling throughout the kitchen, the inevitable cries of, "I want the heel!" as the first loaf is attacked with gusto.
I feel content when I preserve food. It can make for a long day, but what satisfaction in harvesting, cleaning, preparing, canning, and finally storing the food that we have grown.
I feel content when my newest grandson, Patrick, is snuggled up sound asleep on my shoulder, or when I play with him and he squeals and giggles and laughs. I feel content when my two year old grandson rushes up to me and hugs my legs, or calls me MamMaw, or stands in my pantry pointing to the ice-cream cone box and saying, " want ice-cweam".
I feel content when all of my children are home and we can sit down to share a meal together.
I feel content when my husband and I are working together on various projects around the house.
I feel content at the end of Mass, it is a joyful time, I leave feeling renewed, challenged by the homily, content and ready to face the week.
I notice that all of the things that make me content, the above list is but a small sampling of my contentment list, cost nothing yet are priceless to me. I can truly say that I am the definition of contentment - I am satisfied with what I have! :)
What brings you contentment?



4 comments:

Ember said...

Thank you for this post, Bean. The same kind of things bring me contentment. SOmetimes I feel a bit guilty that I make so little contribution towards Saving The World, but other times I suspect that practising contentment will send out concnetric rings of peace that will be all part of the Light and the way God can heal us.

Rome_is_Home said...

Thanks so much for this beautiful post about the beauty of simple things. I feel the same contentment as you, when I take a sip of my hot cocoa that its just cold enough now outside to drink (sugar free variety now, which is pretty good actually) I feel content when the kids are sleeping and I peek at them still even though I know this might be the last year our son is still under our roof (college next year :)

I feel content when I found a lost article, we were frantic searching for my daughters glasses tonight, very content when we found them :)

Content when we go to Mass together and have lunch afterwards.

God bless you!
Amy

Living on Less Money said...

God's Word says that contentment is learned but I know it must also come from a right view of God knowing He is in control, loves us and orders our world for our best and His glory. Romans 8:28,29

I am so very content.. I have a roof over my head, food in my belly and clothes on my back PLUS SO much more. Sunday I was able to take a nap while it was raining outside. I woke up and told my husband I was so happy and content in our little place. God is so very good!

Great post!

Marika said...

Awesome post! Thanks for sharing. m