As I considered the ideas I would share on this site regarding finances, I realized that contentment is one of the most important things for me to share. It is one of the first steps toward happiness and financial stability. One can choose and learn to be content, as it is a very purposeful, intentional virtue, however, this is easier said than done for many.
For individuals like myself, it is/was easier to adopt such a characteristic because of the kind of upbringing, which was in a relatively poor, tiny community with little media access. When having little is all you know, then whatever you have is often enough.
We were not exposed to the distractions present in more developed areas or communities including accessible media. What others considered necessities were things we weren’t even aware of in some cases. Being content in those circumstances further reinforces the idea that the ideal situation in which to be poor is when you are not aware of it.
The world is now more connected than ever! This means we will be persistently influenced by what we see in others and their lifestyle far and near, and this makes being content more challenging. However, I believe that to really be happy, we have to strive for and find contentment, whether it is with the person we love or the things we have in life. This means working hard to find that baseline of satisfaction on which to build a life.
Contentment doesn’t mean we should not strive for improvement, but rather, it allows us to move forward at a measurable pace. With regards to accumulating wealth, it affords us the discipline to set up a financial plan to reach our goals while living a productive and happy life. Such a plan should include a good balance of saving and investing that will allow us to live our best life.
Finding contentment would then lead us to set goals that are suited for ourselves, not based on others, and plan a course in pursuit of those goals. This would in turn place us in a better position to serve others throughout our journey.