~~Being content doesn't mean you don't desire more, it means you're thankful for what you have and patient for what's to come.~~ Tony Gaskins
Emotions come and go. We feel happy. We feel sad. We feel angry. We feel joy. But being content, I think, is more than just a feeling. It's a sense of gratitude that you can actually settle into. It's a comfort with your life. And it's sustainable. A fall back when you're stressed. An ease when you're anxious. A cocoon when you want to hide from the world.
Even when you quit smoking, you can feel contentment....gratitude for what you have and PATIENCE for what's to come. Be thankful that you're here on earth and you have the chance to take control of an addiction that may kill you. Be thankful that your legs work so you can walk off that crave. Be thankful that you can whine to your mother or your spouse or your best friend, all of whom love you. Be thankful that you can go into work and be distracted from your craves. Be thankful that you can see your beautiful garden...the colors, the lushness, the sunshine. And feel the patience of knowing that your quit will only get better. You don't have to worry about getting sick from your quit. You don't have to worry about smelling awful from your quit. You don't have to worry about how much you quit is financially draining you. Feel that patience in knowing your quit isn't killing you. It will get better. Bit by bit, hour by hour, day by day.
So find your gratitude. Those things you are so thankful for. Maybe family, maybe your home, maybe your talents, maybe your health. It could be your career or nature or yoga. It may be your friends or your bank account or your therapist. Find those things that tug at your heart and make your soul sing. And remember them when you are feeling less than. Less than perfect, less than happy, less than ok. Gratitude spreads contentment all over your day And it truly gives you patience for what's to come. And what's coming with your quit is all...ALL...good things. You will never regret quitting.
May your day be bright and your heart be filled