Contentment

by Naomi on September 24, 2010

in Inspiration

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Contentment is not continuous.

This simply seems to be the way we’re wired. Like blowing the perfect soap-bubble. We’re drawn to catch it as it drifts away, only for it to burst, leaving us with nothing but slippery fingers. But there are always more where that came from. Bigger and better ones.

Similarly with sunsets. Time’s relentless march sucks the molten orb into the night. No debate. Until tomorrow. And the point of it all is? Perhaps partly to teach appreciation, moment for moment, while allowing discontent to guide us in the direction of greater Contentment. Maybe one of these days I’ll manage the process with more grace 😀

Quotes to consider:

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus

“There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.” – Swami Sivananda

“It is better to want what you have than to have what you want.” – Proverb

“Contentment is a pearl of great price, and whoever procures it at the expense of ten thousand desires makes a wise and a happy purchase” – John Balguy

“Contentment is a kind of moral laziness; if thare want ennything but contentment in his world, man wouldn’t be any more of a success than an angleworm is” – Josh Billings

Just because it’s beautiful, here’s another pic of that Kalahari sunset, closer to complete . . .

AFRICAN SUNSET - Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

cindy September 24, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Such a wise post, thank you 🙂

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Naomi Estment September 28, 2010 at 11:32 am

Thank You, Cindy, much appreciated 🙂

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nrhatch September 24, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Who you are now is a product of what you once wanted. 8)

Gorgeous photos, especially the first. We have an album devoted just to sunsets from the 8 years we spent living on the Chesapeake Bay with a front row seat. So varied.

BTW: Are the typos in the Josh Billing’s quote intentional?

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Naomi Estment September 28, 2010 at 11:37 am

Thanks, Nancy! Your sunset album sounds too gorgeous!

Being in Cape Town for the past few days, I was saying to Dave that it’s a pity I wasn’t involved in photography when I lived there, also having had a front row seat at Camps Bay 🙂

(As far as I can tell from two different sources, the typos are intentional.)

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kateshrewsday September 24, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Naomi, you are so right. Last year my family went through a very hard time when we thought we might never be happy again. But gradually, tiny pinpoints of joy – a sunset, or leaves in the trees, something someone said – would appear. They became puddles of happiness. They’re big expansive pools now, which is lovely, for now at least. Part of being contented is recognising when that happiness is there, and saluting it.

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Naomi Estment September 28, 2010 at 11:39 am

Beautifully said, Kate, thank you. So sorry for your hardship, but it’s uplifting to hear of your pools of happiness now. May they continue to expand 🙂

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souldipper September 24, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Naomi, I know we can always improve, but have so much Grace. It pours out of your heart so naturally, it causes one to consider how it has anything to do with you. I saw it repeatedly in South Africa.

Love Josh’s swaggering piece of Olde English! So get to work and quite thinking life holds any contentment! Very jaunty and a contrast that brought a smile.

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Naomi Estment September 28, 2010 at 11:41 am

Thank you, Amy! You really are such a darling, never failing to bring me a smile too 🙂 I also enjoyed that quirky one!

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Tokeloshe September 25, 2010 at 12:16 am

Beautiful!

Namaste

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Naomi Estment September 28, 2010 at 11:42 am

Thank you, Tok! Namaste in return 🙂

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buttercup600 September 25, 2010 at 12:40 am

Such wise words and always receive so much soul food here!! Thanks Naomi…have a great weekend my friend xx

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Naomi Estment September 28, 2010 at 11:43 am

Ah, thank you, Amanda, you sweetheart 🙂 We had a wonderful weekend, and I hope you did too! xo

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Jingle September 25, 2010 at 3:40 am

breath taking images.
what a beautiful post.
Happy Weekend.

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Naomi Estment September 28, 2010 at 11:44 am

Thanks so much, Jingle! Our weekend was wonderful. Truly hope yours was too 🙂

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Paula September 25, 2010 at 4:32 pm

We can never be reminded often enough that everything that comes also passes away, but only to come again!. One of the greatest epiphanies that ever happened to me was finding an extraordinary consistency in the way God works, and in the ways God has revealed Godself from the very beginning. It goes something like this:

When I think of a 24-hour day, from beginning to end, I see it as beginning with sunrise (morning) and closing with sunset (evening). If you look at the creation story in the first chapter of Genesis, you will see it worded exactly the opposite. After creating light and separating it from darkness on the first day, that fragment ends with: “And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.” This is repeated at the end of each day of creation. “And there was evening, and there was morning — the second day.” “And there was evening, and there was morning — the third day.” And so forth – through each day of creation. Ah-hah! (thought I) – I see! God is always moving from darkness into light! The consistency of this throughout scripture, and indeed evidenced in all of nature, absolutely overwhelmed me! Think of it! We are always moving out of darkness and toward the light! The world is always turning toward the morning!

I suppose if one chose, s/he could see it in the opposite way, i.e. if it’s moving toward the light, then it is also moving back toward the darkness. I simply am unable to see it that way, and why would anyone choose to? To me it makes all the difference in the world to accept within and acknowledge to oneself that even in the midst of the darkest days of our lives, we can rest assured that we are moving toward the light! Everything is fleeting – everything – except the constancy of God/Light/Spirit!

Thus endeth the sermon 😀 Thanks for the wonderful post, the beautiful photos, and the timely reminder.

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Naomi Estment September 28, 2010 at 11:47 am

Thank you for taking the time to share your special comment, Paula! Beautifully expressed 🙂

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Tammy McLeod September 27, 2010 at 7:03 am

No, contentment is not continuous for if we had it constantly, then I doubt we’d refer to it as contentment at all.

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Naomi Estment September 28, 2010 at 11:48 am

Agreed, Tammy, thank you 🙂

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Jingle September 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm
Naomi October 1, 2010 at 10:26 am

Thanks a million, Jingle, you’re a darling!! So sorry to have taken this long to respond, and also for missing your poetry potluck altogether! Extremely busy this side, but I’ll get over to enjoy your beautiful blog as soon as time allows! Have a gorgeous weekend, lovely one 🙂

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cherokeebydesign September 28, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Very wise words to live by….

thanks for sharing.

Raven

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Naomi September 29, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Thanks so much , Raven! Wonderful to hear from you again…I’m off to take a fresh look at your blog 🙂

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Jamie Dedes September 30, 2010 at 2:02 am

The Kalahari! Wow! That seems so romantic to me … and what lucious pics. Wonderful.

I love the sentiment and the quotes … all the better part of wisdom.

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Naomi October 1, 2010 at 10:20 am

Thank you, Jamie! I have a feeling you would love the Kalahari…it’s remote, wild, wonderful 🙂

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RiikaInfinityy 마왕 September 30, 2010 at 4:31 am

Ooo Wonderful sunset, Naomi!=P Love your works as always, pretty mesmerizing =P

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Have a fun week ahead!=P

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Naomi October 1, 2010 at 10:23 am

Ah, thanks so much, Riika…what a honey you are!! I’ve been too busy for blogging these past days, but will visit your blog asap to thank you for this wonderful award…sincerely appreciated!! Have a beautiful weekend 🙂

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