The grass is always greener on the other side isn’t it? Whether it’s a job, a house, a car, a lifestyle, a career move, a bigger song, a greater platform, … the desire to obtain what we don’t have is extremely alluring. And as we all know, … when we acquire something, somehow it’s still not enough. Or it’s still not the RIGHT thing. It seems there’s always something more, or better, or different to chase after.
I’ve had several conversations in the past few weeks about contentment and being o.k. with where we are in life. From talks about relationships to different jobs and especially discussions with artists about where they are in their careers, … the common denominator is always the same. It comes back to contentment. (Being o.k. with ourselves and what we’ve been given at this moment.) It seems like everyone wants a better relationship with their spouse or girlfriend, everyone thinks about what a new job would look like and how it could be the answer to their unhappiness. And every artist wonders how to obtain a bigger platform, (how to have a greater career.)
I don’t dismiss those inquiries easily. In fact I admire most of them. It’s honorable to want a deeper, more intimate marriage. Every man should long for this and wrestle with what it means to lead well. It’s honorable to want to grow your career and music platform when you feel like you have more to offer. But at what point do we let ourselves be o.k. with the state of our circumstances, recognizing there’s a season for everything? At what point do we recognize where we are in life and say, ‘I’m o.k. with that’?, ‘I’m o.k. with the hand I’ve been dealt’?, … I’m o.k. with what I’ve attained, where I’ve come from, where I am’? When does the allure of what we don’t have stop shining? Does it?
I’m not advocating not having new goals or trying to maximize all that we feel called to do. We cannot dismiss the pursuit of excellence in what we do. If we do, … our contentment turns into complacency and that’s no place to live either. I wrestle with this two opposing forces all the time. Contentment vs. the excellence and fulfillment of all I’m capable of. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like those tow forces can live in the same mindset. (After all, .. if you’re content in something can the pursuit of more exist? And if so, .. how? And likewise, .. if your pursuing more, chasing bigger dreams and trying to maximize your potential can you be content?)
So what does contentment look like? Specifically, with your career whether you’re an artist, a songwriter, a teacher, a mother, an accountant, … whatever. How do you find contentment within what you do?