Are you satisfied? Or are you content?

Somebody asked me the other day about whether I was satisfied.  A curious question really, because it can elicit numerous possible answers.

My initial thought was “Satisfied about what?” If I am considering my personal living conditions and general wellbeing then I am, currently, very satisfied.  If I think about my personal journey then I would say that I am satisfied with where I am now, but know that there is still much to learn.  I am satisfied with the pace of my learning too, as to be hasty in learning may mean that I miss an important lesson.

Now ask me about finances and that can vary from one day to the next.  I am in a good place with my finances, but to say I am satisfied would be difficult for me.  I am learning how to be content with what I have.  I have enough to see me though from month to month and to be able to save a little as well.  To not be satisfied with what I have could lead to greed, and put value on things that are only temporary.  I know that society today says that the more possessions you have, the more money you have, you will be more satisfied, but I dispute that.  I have seen people with so many material possessions, but they are not satisfied.  I know that there is more to this “satisfaction” thing.

For me, “satisfaction” seems out of place for me.  Depending on the situation, “satisfaction” infers that there is a level to be reached to attain real satisfaction.  I think I would rather use the word “content”.

So ask me the question again please.  My reply is “I am content with what I have, where I am, who I am, and where I am going.  There is an indescribable richness in being in that place.”

So, I ask you the same question: Are you satisfied?  It would be interesting to hear your responses.

Is there a dividing line between contentment and satisfaction in your opinion?  What might that be?

Read more here:  Contentment is an inside job by Lolly Daskal

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About katehobbs

Mother to two who are now independant and living away from home. Wife to Steve, for the last 26yrs and looking forward to many more years. I have enjoyed 18 months in the Okanagan, something that I have longed to have the opportunity to do for a while. Living a dream, you could say. Now, I am interning with Living Waters Canada based in Vancouver until end of April 2013. I love to grow my own food - it tastes so much better. I also build up, train and encourage others to achieve more than they thought possible.
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1 Response to Are you satisfied? Or are you content?

  1. Hi Kate,
    At a macro level yes I’m at peace with myself, but during the day my serenity waxes and wanes. I will say that on a nice day when the sun is out, life is always good. Sometimes I think we nothing more than big old plants.

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