Find contentment now

I ran across this little gem about a statement made by the Dalai Lama.

When asked what surprised him most about humanity, he answered:

“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Sadly it is not until we are older that we see the wisdom in such words as this. Rob has commented that he is sorry that he missed so much of the first three kids lives as his work took him out of the house before the kids were up and frequently he wasn't home until bedtime, occasionaly even missing them altogether.

We can never go back and get those precious memory builders or bonding opportunities. We can only make adjustments as soon as we realize  that there is an imbalance and then set about creating the changes needed to fix it as best as we can.

Do not waste your time. Your priorities are different to everyone else, but do think about where and what you do and the impact of this on yourself and the ones you love. Make the changes sooner rather than later. You may not have as much money in the bank, you will be so much richer in the long run.

Stop right now and think of what you have and what is really important to you. Make the changes now before it is too late. Don't waste a moment that God has blessed you with.


  1. Some good thoughts and some great advice. I especially like the definition of contentment.


    1. Yes, I thought it good too. So many of us spend so much time striving for this and that and not appreciating the people and things that are right under our noses!


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