Even on my weekends or days off, I often have a lot to get accomplished, so I end up running around getting things done. While this gives me a great sense of accomplishment, I still struggle to feel content. Every evening I always take time to read something for a bit, or catch up on a couple of television shows. And while this is enjoyable and helps me recharge, I don’t feel content afterwards.
So I started thinking about the times when I felt truly content. Weekends by a lake with a good book. Not necessarily even reading it the whole time, just taking in everything around me. The hot sun beating down on my skin, or the cool touch of a breeze. The smell of the water, or freshly cut grass. Looking out at the blue brilliance of the river, there’s something so calming about water. Or dipping my toes into an icy lake while balancing on the rocks. The buzz of insects and the songs of birds. Or on a cool autumn evening, curling up in a blanket with a good book. A steaming mug of tea beside me, the scent of chai in the air. Even moments spent with good friends, talking and laughing over a cup of coffee, or snuggling on the couch. These are the times where I’ve felt truly content.
This feeling of contentment recharges me like nothing else. For me, being in nature is so calming. With winter coming up faster than I’d like, I need to think of some way to create a space where I can feel content.
Any ideas for me? What makes you feel content?