The key to contentment is as easy as that. Some of us struggle with it, but it’s really not as hard as we make it. It’s, well….Simple. It’s as simple as setting limits for what you allow in your life.
Sharpen your pencil and make list. What’s in your life? People, things, stuff, jobs, activities. Weights.
Evaluate each item on your list. What’s burdensome? What’s easy? And then, identify what’s essential. What do you really, really need? What can’t you live without? What makes you happy? Content?
Identify what’s essential and let the rest go. Cross them out. Gone. Done. You don’t need them.
See what happens.
Oh and by the way, this method works with kids, too. If you’re finding yourself frazzled as you try to balance your own life with multiple sports and other activities for your children, you both may be over-scheduled.
Does your child need to play two or three sports to be happy? Take piano lessons, go to Scouts, play soccer AND go to school? What’s it doing to the quality of your life? And theirs? Is anyone sleeping?
If the schedule’s gotten out of control, take control back. Get out your pad and pencil and with your child, make the same kind of list. And let something go.
Contentment ….and its partner, happiness, might be the result. And what a great lesson for children, because setting limits will be required throughout life.
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