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Being Content in the Present

Think back to last year. What was happening in your life? What things consumed your mind? Did you worry a lot?

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, we spend time worrying about the future and what may happen. Honestly, no one can predict or control the future, and much of what we worry about never actually happens. Yet we spend precious time wondering about the “what ifs” of life.

When we place so much emphasis on the future, we often forget how to be content in the present or allow ourselves to see each day as a gift. People who focus on contentment 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.”

Since we usually grow personally through our good and bad experiences, try reflecting on the circumstances of the past year. Although the time we spent fretting over uncontrollable things is gone, a new year is dawning.

Remember the words of 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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