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Being Content in the Present

Think back to December 31 of last year. What was happening in your life? What were the things consuming your mind? What were you worried about?

Now, fast forward to the present.

Of all the things you spent time and energy worrying about, how many of them actually happened? So often, people spend time worrying about the future and what may happen. Honestly, no one can predict or control the future, and much of what people worry about never actually happens. Yet precious time is spent wondering about the “what ifs” of life.

When so much focus is placed on the future, people forget how to be content in the present and allow themselves to see each day as a gift. People who have learned to be content have discovered how to:

Socrates once said, “He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”

Most people grow personally through their good and bad experiences. Reflect upon the circumstances of the past year. Time spent fretting over things which we have no control may have been lost, but a new year is almost upon us.

According to Abraham Lincoln, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Don’t fret over what could happen. Live each moment to the fullest and make this your best year yet.

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