Over time, certain words in the English language develop negative connotations. This can be attributed to the fact that language can be arbitrary. American culture influences our attitude towards language. For example, some are critical of the word “contentment”.
According to Merrium-Webster, to be content is to feel or show satisfaction with one’s possessions, status, or situation. Motivational speaker Tony Gaskins, “to be content doesn’t mean you don’t desire more, it means you’re thankful for what you have and patient for what’s to come.”
Here’s why I think Americans aren’t fond of contentment: hustle culture and comparison.
Hustle culture promotes aggressively pushing individuals to their ultimate capacity. The impacts of hustle culture includes, but isn’t limited to: mental welfare disorder and increased disease risk – according to an article by Sampoerna University.
Comparison, if we allow it, can become a mental roadblock that stands between who we are and fulfilling our purpose.
When hustle culture and comparison intersect, our peace is compromised. Being satisfied and genuinely grateful for where you are, as you are, is imperative. Although contentment is countercultural, I’ve found it to be a necessary component to balance.
As much as we’re in a rush to arrive there – whatever there is for you (homeownership, debt-relief, healthy relationships with relatives, etc.) – the only way there is through experiencing here.
Words of Wisdom by Char of the Week: Don’t despise humble beginnings. You were designed with a purpose and woven together with a great destiny in mind, act accordingly. Philippians 4:11