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Monday, September 13, 2010


Satisfaction comes from appreciating the simple things in life and from our learning experiences. These experiences are the sum of who we are. Our values come from the things life has taught us. If we are not in awe of the world we live in, if the seasons do not impress us, if we fail to appreciate the beauty of the sights and sounds around us, then we have learned nothing.

Satisfaction is in keeping things simple in order to enjoy life as it is. It is about embracing family and friendships. It is not about designer clothes, overpriced and oversized homes, and automobiles that cost a fortune. Unlike family and friends who are always there for you, clothes go out of style, homes become too costly to maintain, and cars break down.

Being satisfied doesn't mean depriving ourselves of all luxuries. It means knowing where to draw the line between "I need" and "I want". We can't always get what we want. That is a good thing! When we don't keep things simple, we end up spending too much time, too much energy and too much money on things that do not bring satisfaction, serenity and happiness into our lives.

It is important to recognize our individual capabilities and acknowledge our limitations as they pertain to success and failure. There may be satisfaction in having a master's degree in some field of expertise. But, not having a master's degree does not make one a failure. Having expertise in some area will definitely bring success and a great deal of satisfaction with or without the degree. Thus, the satisfaction of being a success is relevant to having enough. The degree is just frosting.

If we are healthy, that in itself should bring satisfaction. If we have overcome a life threatening illness, that is more than enough to bring us satisfaction. Having enough of anything depends on one's point of view. However, the expression "quality not quantity" is truly what determines satisfaction for each individual.

The satisfaction of having enough is determined by whether or not material things are taking up all our time simply to maintain them. If so, we have too much. Too much of anything is never satisfying. Satisfaction of having enough is being able to simplifying everything in our life, because having "time" is what gives us the most satisfaction.


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