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What is Contentment?‏

This is a discussion on What is Contentment?‏ within the Home Life, Relationships & Finance forum, part of the You and Your Family category; Just want to share something which I read today. CONTENTMENT Have you ever, at any one time, had the feeling ...

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    What is Contentment?‏

    Just want to share something which I read today.


    Have you ever, at any one time, had the feeling that life is bad, real bad,
    and you wish you were in another situation?

    You find life make things difficult for you, work sucks, life sucks,
    everything seems to go wrong...

    Read the following story... it may change your views about life:
    After a conversation with one of my friends, he told me despite taking
    2 jobs, he brings back barely above 1K per month, he is happy as he

    I wonder how he can be as happy as he is considering he has to skimp
    his life with the low pay to support a pair of old parents, in-laws, a
    wife, 2 daughters and the many bills of a household.

    He explained that it was through one incident that he saw in India
    that happened a few years ago when he was really feeling low and
    touring India after a major setback.

    He said that right in front of his very eyes he saw an Indian mother
    chop off her child's right hand with a chopper. The helplessness in
    the mother's eyes, the scream of pain from the innocent 4-year-old
    child haunted him until today.

    You may ask why did the mother do so; had the child been naughty, had
    the child's hand been infected?? No, it was done for two simple words-
    - -TO BEG!

    The desperate mother deliberately caused the child to be handicapped
    so that the child could go out to the streets to beg.

    Taken aback by the scene, he dropped a piece of bread he was eating
    half-way. And almost instantly, a flock 5 or 6 children swamped
    towards this small piece of bread which was covered with sand, robbing
    bits from one another. The natural reaction of hunger.

    Stricken by the happenings, he instructed his guide to drive him to
    the nearest bakery. He arrived at two bakeries and bought every single
    loaf of bread he found in the bakeries. The owner was dumbfounded but
    willingly sold everything. He spent less than $100 to obtain about 400
    loaves of bread (this is less than $0..25 per loaf) and spent another
    $100 to get daily necessities.

    Off he went in the truck full of bread into the streets. As he
    distributed the bread and necessities to the children (mostly
    handicapped) and a few adults, he received cheers and bows from these
    unfortunate. For the first time in his life he wondered how people can
    give up their dignity for a loaf of bread which cost less than $0.25.

    He began to tell himself how fortunate he is. How fortunate he is to be
    able to have a complete body, have a job! , have a family, have the
    chance to complain what food is nice and what isn't nice, have the
    chance to be clothed, have the many things that these people in front
    of him are deprived of...

    Now I begin to think and feel it, too! Was my life really that bad?
    Perhaps... no, I should not feel bad at all... What about you? Maybe
    the next time you think you are, think about the child who lost one
    hand to beg on the streets.

    "Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, it is the
    realization of how much you already have."

    When the door of happiness closes, another opens, but often times we
    look so long at the closed door that we dont't see the one which has
    been opened for us.

    It's true that we dont't know what we've got until we lose it, but it's
    also true that we dont't know what we've been missing until it arrives.

    The happiest of people dont't necessarily have the best of everything;
    they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

    The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past,you
    can't go on well in life until you let go of your past failures and

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    Re: What is Contentment?‏

    Nice... Thanks for sharing!!!

    Rems me of being contented... LOL.

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    I'm glad you like it!

    No matter how nice this message is, it will be NOTHING if no one appreciates and remembers it.

    I'm living in a somehow similar situation but really, the happiness and contentment I'm enjoying is worth it!

    Happiness can actually be as simple as ABC

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    I still can't find that simple happiness... LOL. Thinking of too many things...

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    Re: What is Contentment?‏

    Thanks for sharing~.

    yes we are indeed fortunate people

    but we will not know we ARE fortunate if we dont't see other less fortunate people. That's always the case isn't it?

    being contented is the main doorway to happiness. Material/monetary gains brings only short-lived happiness.....long lasting happiness is CONTENTMENT.

    its hard....especially if we are too engrossed by our daily activites/work/influenced by other people....we often lose ourselves.

    but then, we need some DIFFERENT experiences to WAKE ourselves up....to know how fortunate we really are.

    i have seen the show on MediaCorp hosted by 李心钰 sometime ago, where she visited a local married and migrated to South Africa. During her stay there, they visited the less fortunate people living in the rural areas where they do not even have the means to feed themselves, including their young children and babies.....really makes us wonder how fortunate our young kids are, in Singapore.

    But then again, we will have this thought for a while and will soon diminished and start thinking 'normal' again....complain and complain..........sigh....(ignore me)

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