Monday, May 21, 2012

Contentment Redefined

This has been a year of change for me. Change in my surroundings, my circumstances, my relationships and my outlook on myself and the way I live my life. I've been trying to "slow down" in a world where everything seems fast paced and ever-changing. Technology is advancing faster than ever, and therefore has been a great source of distraction for me. Communication has gone from in-person discussions, hand-written notes, or even catching up over a phone call, to texts, tweets, e-mails or messages on social networking sites. When I think about what often consumes my time the most, I am disappointed with myself, and the amount of time I am on my phone. Things are changing in my life though, and I'm determined to be more self-disciplined, and plan my time with more purpose.

I seem to always crave more "time". More time to learn something new, start a new "side job", travel... the list goes on and on. I have a never-ending "to do" list, and it grows by the day. This can be a good and bad thing. Good in the sense I have many ambitions and goals to achieve while I'm alive. Things I want to accomplish, whether big or small. Things I want to discover about myself, about the world I live in, about who I am, what I can do or learn.... but this can also be a bad thing, because it means I sometimes give myself to too many things at once, in hopes of "doing it all". But I know I won't be great at all the things I want to do if I'm tackling them all at once. If I take on one thing at a time, I could really learn it, know it, share it and be great at it. Then, move on to the next item on my "bucket list".

I'm accepting I can't excel in all the areas I want to, right now. Nor will I ever be able to, if I take it all on at once. I must start with one thing and go from there. I'll give you an example of just a few things on my "get great at and do regularly list". These are small in comparison to my larger life goals, but it'll help you understand my point. Some of the few things I want to do are: coupon regularly and become more efficient with the process, learn to sew, continue earning supplemental income by taking on "side jobs", continue cooking and learning new things about being a wizard in the kitchen, pursue my passion for travel by learning another language, ETC. I am just now accepting the fact I CAN do all these things, I just can't do them all at the same time, or I'll only be decent at them, not proficient.

So, I will move forward, and through time, take on new goals, one at a time. The most important priorities in my life are being re-aligned right now, and everything is secondary to being committed to these three things: 1. Be a woman of God and a testimony to others through my faith in Jesus Christ 2. Love my husband and serve Him like Christ has called me to 3. Be a wonderful mother to my son and future children. All else is "extra". If this post can be of any encouragement to you, I suggest you look at your own life, and what your hopes and dreams are. If you, like me, need to re-align your priorities, make a list of your goals and ambitions so you can get to them at some point. We can't all be perfect in any one thing, but we can strive to be great at it. I want to be a great Christian. I want to be a great wife. I want to be a great mother. I can achieve this, with God's help and by being disciplined to not allow the things around me to be a distraction.

Finally, I'm learning to be to content. Content with who I am today. Content with my current circumstances. Content with not knowing what life will throw my way, but being ready for the adventure and allowing myself to be flexible and know life is one big opportunity to learn and grow. This is a big step for me, since I like to be in control. I like to know what's going to happen, what choices I will make, what path will be laid out for me.... but I'm not called to be "in the know". God is in control of my life and yours, and we have the privilege of being along for the ride.


  1. Great post Brit. Love the ending quote on contentment. So good as I look forward to my ever changing life as well. Love you so much!

  2. Thanks Noelle! Love you too!