Wednesday, June 02, 2010

See the world's magic to enjoy happy contentment

Victoria at smaller living asks, "So how do we find contentment in an achievement-oriented and materialistic society such as ours? This tension is something that I occasionally struggle with in my own life and I sometimes find that the pendulum swings a bit too far towards my over-achiever, goal-setting, and personal growth tendencies to the extent that I become discontented with where I am in life and, at times, with what I have." She considers cultivating contentment in daily life through a list of eleven activities.

Under no. 6, "See the magic in the world," Victoria includes, "There is magic all around us – noticing it brings fresh waves of contentment to me, regardless of what’s going on around me. Thomas Moore wrote a lovely book called The Re-enchantment of Everyday Life, that delves deeply into the subject and gently shows how to re-infuse our days with a sense of magic and wonder, which brings on happy contentment."

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