I have a little book of daily inspirational quotations I keep by my bed. I had got out of the habit of reading it for a while but picked it up again this week. It is said we read things when we need to – that we are reminded about something at the right moment and I like to believe that. Is there an angel sitting on my shoulder pointing me in the right direction? I like to think that too. The short quote I read this morning reminded me that contentment is the most important feeling we can have. I don’t have the book in front of me now but the advice it offered stayed with me. It made me realise that when we are content we are gentle with the world, and that upset and anxiety rolls away from us like raindrops slipping off shiny leaves.
How many people do we know who appear to be content with their life? It’s not easy for any of us to go through life beaming contentedly at everyone we meet whilst skipping through fields full of daisies is it? Life has a habit of getting in the way of contentment. The daily grind, the scary news and events in general, all contrive to rattle us and upset our equilibrium. I did start today with a new mindset though, and reminded myself that striving for tomorrow is not what today is all about. Today is about being appreciative and realising that every day is special and won’t come again.
I am going out into the garden to help my husband plant a new hedge and then sit down in a deckchair with a cup of tea and feel content. At least for a while!
I will I will sit in the apple orchard And feel the warmth of the sun, I will watch the dancing butterflies And the children as they run. I will see the kaleidoscope of colours Unfolding all around And feel the memory of a hundred summers Fall like feathers to the ground. I will hold nothing more than dreams And love and love and love, For this is all we have it seems But then all we need IS love. I will let the day run its course And mark the time only by shadows That will lengthen, until at last Only peace follows. I will forget to ask for answers To how and why and when, And know that though the darkness falls The world will turn again. L.M.H