Content with what Iíve got..!
But we canít always have everything we want! One woman I know says she wants to be a bear! Actually, what she is saying is this: ďIf I am a bear, I get to hibernate. I do nothing but sleep for six months. I could deal with that. Oh boy that would be great! Before I hibernate, Iím supposed to eat myself stupid. I could deal with that too. Oh yeah sure I would! If Iím a bear, I birth my children (who are the size of walnuts) while Iím sleeping and wake to partially grown, cute, cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with that!
If Iím a mama bear, everyone knows I mean business. I swat anyone who bothers my cubs. I could deal with that, too! If Iím a bear, my mate expects me to wake up growling. He expects I will have hairy legs and excess body fat. Yup. I wanna be a bear.Ē And then I walk through forest glade, free and happy and suddenly from far off I hear the crack of rifle shot, and I lie, wounded and dying..!
It isnít always good being a bear huh? We canít always have everything we want! One person said this: ďAs a rule, manís a fool. When itís hot he wants it cool. When itís cool he wants it hot, always wanting what is not.Ē
Our age is characterized by the ability to get what we want, and the inability to be content with what weíve got. It is characterized by discontentment. In 1988, a woman wins twenty-two million dollars in her state lottery. Her family and friends are gathered around her. The television lights are blazing. Even the network news is there. She is ecstatic. ďThis,Ē the woman proclaims, ďis the happiest day of my life!Ē But a mere five years later found her looking sullen. She was shown again on television shaking her head in disbelief. In a matter of a few short years, she went through a divorce, the alienation of her children, and an investment that turned sour. A court judgement had taken over all her lottery winnings.
The closing scene showed the woman sitting on the steps of an apartment building in utter despair. She had won $22 million, but it was not enough to save her from unhappiness. You have the ability to get what you want. You probably have everything you need to be completely satisfied. Do you also have the ability to be content with what youíve got? Thatís peace of mind..!