“The good life-the one that truly satisfies-exists only when we stop wanting a better one.
It is the condition of savoring what is rather than longing for what might be. The itch for things, the lust for more-so brilliantly injected by those who peddle them-is a virus draining our souls of happy contentment.
Satisfaction comes when we step off the escalator of desire and say, ‘ This is enough. What I have will do’. “
Chuck Swindoll (2012 quote)
Powerful words of insight and wisdom. Of course, this appears to apply more to the middle and upper classes of the world’s population, yet the poor are not immune to the pull of longing. In many cases this pull is justified if the daily needs of existence are not being met…and who defines what those are? But, being human can bring out the best and the worst in all of us.
The Italians have a beautiful saying, La Dolce Vita, which captures the good (sweet) life in a much more romantic way. So, to all of us, consider stepping off the escalator for a moment or two and give contentment a chance !
Very nice, Michael.
Len, I appreciate your comment. I felt the weight of your latest post…wow!