Thoughts of a geek

12 June 2012

Contentment

Filed under: Me, The Blog Roll — Tags: , — qwandor @ 9:09 am

People are blogging about contentment. (Specifically this person, this person, this person, and this person. Oh, and this person, how could I forget. You should probably read their posts as they have more interesting things to say than I do.)

I do not have terribly much to say on the topic. I am rarely content. Especially not in winter. I tend to criticise myself a fair bit, as it seems like the first step to improvement. I try to avoid criticising others as much as I am inclined to as they tend not to appreciate it.

But perhaps I am discontent for the wrong reasons. Mostly, for fairly selfish reasons: being unsatisfied with various aspects of my life, or the weather, or whatever. Sometimes I get discontent about wider issues like intellectual property law or poverty or stupidity, and occasionally I may even attempt to do something about them. But not very often.

Anyone else have any insights?

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4 Comments »

  1. being unsatisfied with the weather – amen. Wellington hears and agrees (hey Wellington, I got this).

    Comment by Frith — 12 June 2012 @ 12:25 pm

  2. Anything to add in response to some of the other blog posts on the subject?
    Why do you say you’re rarely content – do you think you’ve been decreasingly so over time, or…?

    Comment by Mel — 12 June 2012 @ 6:09 pm

    • I have not read them all yet, when I do I will comment on them if I can find anything to say in response.
      I rarely feel content. I am not sure what more to say than that. I am not sure how that has changed over time. Certainly it fluctuates in the short term, and perhaps over the past 5–10 years or so it has decreased a bit? But I am not really sure, it is difficult to remember accurately how I felt that long ago. I would not say there has been a particular decrease in the last few years.

      Comment by qwandor — 13 June 2012 @ 8:18 am

  3. Dear Andrew, I believe your lack of contentment may be partially due to your personality type and thinking habits. From what I can tell, you seem to me to be a perfectionist Melancholy sort of person, as you are good at noticing many things – good and bad. You are also very intelligent, so I think your active mind would get a lot of it’s exercise from pondering problems. Maybe you are feeling discontented because God has a different calling for you elsewhere? I suggest you entrust yourself to him and try to notice good things you can be thankful for (I have to do that a lot myself because otherwise I turn into a big grump!). To quote the old song: “Count your blessings name them one by one, Count your blessings see what God has done…”

    Comment by Sharon W — 14 June 2012 @ 3:37 pm


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