Reflections

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  1. Trinity

    My brother! Who does not have a computer, an old cellphone from the 90s and absolutely no social media… Wakes up happy every day, and jumps out of bed with a smile. I think he lives in a parallell existence free from chasing what he does not already have…

    2 years ago
  2. Don Jones

    It is hard to tell who is truly happy and satisfied. I have learned to rest at my core and when I do, I feel happy and satisfied. But it is not permanent. But maybe that is the way of this life – impermanence.

    2 years ago
  3. V
    Vibrationalvoodoo

    My mother – for no matter how many burdens she carries in her elderly age, she preaches contentment, never complains about how things “ought” to be and encourages and supports me all along the way no matter how hard it gets.

    2 years ago
  4. Hermann-Josef

    The dog of a blind patient, her name is Leyla. She always seems to be happy and content. While doing her job she looks contented, while resting, while waiting and while being stroked. I love this dog.

    2 years ago
    1. Don Jones

      Dogs are a blessing.

      2 years ago
    2. Mica

      A dog – thanks Hermann-Josef. I was coming up blank, and I appreciate your answer. My guinea pig seems more old and tired than contented, but at least she doesn’t seem to be suffering.

      2 years ago
  5. Cathie

    I have been asked this question so many times and so many ways – who is your role model – who is your mentor, etc.
    I do not have one – never had.
    I am sure unconsciously many folks have influenced me, but it was always hard enough trying to be my authentic self, finding peace and contentment in my life, that I did not want to try to model “me” after someone else.

    2 years ago
  6. Linda

    I would say my husband. He happily putters around the house (we are retired) and seems to always be busy doing something. He appreciates good food and loves to watch movies; he prefers staying home to going out. He is an introvert so this lifestyle suits him. I, on the other hand, am an extrovert, and he is happy for me to go out and be with friends as often as I want.

    2 years ago
  7. Barb C

    Contentment, or acceptance? Contentment seems to imply “happy acceptance”. The first person who came to mind was Thich Nhat Hanh as a role model in the sense of admiration.

    I tend not to think of people as role models though–I think of them as teachers. They’re playing their role; whatever it is; I’m playing my role and I’m the only model for that. I learn what I can from others and when I apply it then it becomes uniquely me and mine.

    Thinking of someone in the “role model” category implies striving to be like someone else when I’m really just trying to be myself, and I’m often quite content. When I’m not it’s usually for larger rather than smaller reasons.

    This question can help me try to remember not to sweat the small stuff but unlike the poster saying, it isn’t all small stuff. I can’t be contented about many of the conditions in the world–if I were it would mean I’m a psychopath.

    2 years ago
    1. Nancy

      We are invited to be thankful in all circumstances. That does not mean for all circumstances. And that does not mean I need to accept all of them either. Gratitude, though, seems to offer a space where we can see things as they are, not as we wish them to be.
      Perhaps that is contentment.
      I appreciate your response, too, about role models! Thanks.

      2 years ago
  8. Charlie T

    As is sometimes the case, I pondered the question and couldn’t come up with just one person, so I read the reflections, and as usual, found so much wisdom here. True contentment is rare. In fact, I don’t know anyone who is content 100% of the time (especially me), but I do have friends that have qualities that I admire and help with contentment and practicing gratitude here with you all, gives me inspiration.

    2 years ago
  9. Carol

    No One because I’ve learned that it is not fare to place anyone on a pedestal. Why? They are bound to fall off.

    2 years ago
    1. L
      Lyla

      Yes and equally unfair when others put themselves on a pedestal, the unspoken harm done in their quest for power and prestige. Unimaginable suffering in our world today, so many lives devastated at one person’s quest.

      2 years ago
  10. Mary Pat

    All the ordinary people who, like us here on this website, make it through another day with all it’s challenges. Because we try again and again. We are the heros.
    I admire Jane Goodall, the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, and other great people, but we are just as great just in other areas of life.
    Like the Statue of Liberty, our collective right feet are in motion. We don’t give up. We keep going. We all have times where we pause, want to give up, don’t want to keep going and in our despondency, sometimes our grief, we work through it all and keep putting that foot in motion.
    To know I am not alone, to know there are others who are doing the same-THAT gives me a feeling of contentment, a feeling of satisfaction and even joy because we will not give up, all of us. Together. That is the only answer I can think of for now, and it fits for me. Enjoy this day, and remember that right foot….

    2 years ago
    1. Barb C

      Thank you for this. I had never thought about that foot in motion–what a wonderful image and reminder.

      2 years ago
  11. c
    carol

    I started to read about contentment, which seem at this time in my understanding, to lead to the sustained peace and ease of body, speech and mind,…. some I have learned, some I have heard about and some are adventures not yet taken into unknown territory. So, at this time, my role models are Gurus, and fellow travelers and anyone and hopefully everyone who either directly or indirectly teaches me something about the qualities or aspects of contentment that lay within our true nature. hmm– hmm Will I even live long enough to make all the necessary changes in myself that would bring that into being.

    2 years ago
  12. Laura

    My mom. She had her share of difficulties but she stayed grounded. She practiced self-care before we had a name for it, taking a break from daily chores to read or to watch the squirrels and birds through the front window.

    2 years ago
  13. devy

    There are a number of individuals such as brother David whom I have listened to and been exposed to in recent years. It is amazing how that even through adversity and troubling times, gratitude and acceptance has kept these people in a positive mind set. I try to practice what they preach to allow me to become truly at peace with myself.

    2 years ago
  14. Nancy

    Most creatures on our planet seem to be content being what they were created to be ; lions lying in the sun, dogs rolling on their backs in the grass, eagles soaring in the vastness of the beautiful sky…
    maybe infants and babies before being trained to become something. Perhaps when we humans remember to be aware of our humanity and become authentically human, we will return to contentment.

    2 years ago
  15. Michele

    Daphne – my cat – she is a companion, is a delight to watch and play with, gives me joy and love.
    Nature – all her beauty
    this website – has grounded me and made me feel at peace and grateful each and every day:)

    2 years ago
  16. Misty

    Loved pets seem to be a pretty good model of contentment.
    My mother was a role model of contentment. Even when facing challenges, her love and grace shone through.

    2 years ago
  17. Kevin

    Our dog, Gracie, is a role model for contentment. At ten years old, she’s been blind for the last five years yet navigates effortlessly on her own inside and outside on our property. She loves going for walks on trails (leashed) and car rides to anywhere. I sometimes feel, with her keen sense of hearing and smell, that Gracie “see’s” more than I ever will. And like me and at my side, she’s mastered the fine art of napping regardless of hour or location.

    2 years ago
  18. Esther

    My mom is definitely my role model for everything, right now. She’s been having several trials in her life – a few just recently. And the way she carries on regardless is very, very admirable. Despite of our difficulties, I’m so blessed to be her daughter

    2 years ago
  19. Antoinette

    Thay is a beautiful role model for life to me because he is peace. He has shown me that there is no way to peace – peace is the way. Thay passed a few months ago but he is not gone. He will live on in all of us. Just like Jesus he is in us and we are in him.
    I’m wholeheartedly grateful for this precious life. Thank you great teaches thank you so much. We are truly blessed.

    2 years ago
    1. L
      Lee Anne

      I agree with you about Thây. Though he passed in January of this year, his peace, humility, and teachings live on in me more vibrantly than when he was alive. Though I love Jesus and was born a Christian, when Thich Nhat Hanh entered my life 35-plus years ago, he became my touchstone. Thây walked this earth in our time. True, Antoinette, they are both within us. I am grateful to live in a time when others can release dogma and seek a mystical path embracing all, judging no one for their preference, and recognizing that ‘peace is every step.’ Namasté. 💜

      2 years ago
  20. Christine

    Karel my husband was and still is my role model. He was a very happy and content man. My friends say they recognize Karel in me since his death. Apparently I’m starting to look more and more like him. I also feel satisfied. Sad, but satisfied. Without grief over his death I think I would be dissatisfied. Then there would have been no love.
    It’s a personal message, but I realize I’m also writing to myself here. Telling my story here gives me comfort. Love you all. Thank you💞🤗

    2 years ago
    1. Pilgrim

      I always appreciate your posts, Christine. You have the Deep Wisdom and offer much to ponder. Thank you for your open heart.

      2 years ago

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