19. Balancing contentment and ambition
I’m trying to practice contentment. Being more accepting of what I have and where I am. At the same time, I’m still hungry for improvement. I want to be better at what I do. To always level up in all aspects of my life.
How then, should I draw the line between being healthily ambitious and discontent? I’m wondering if it’s possible for ambition and contentment to coexist.
One thing for sure, I don’t believe being content is to be stagnant. Being happy for what we have does not mean we should stay at where we are forever. That’s fucking bullshit. How do you feel good if you are not at a happy place? If you know that you are not living up to your potential? If everyone is content with their life and does nothing more, we would all still be living in stone ages. With zero progressive innovations that make the world the better place it is today.
I agree that we should seek joy in the tiniest moment and constantly express gratitude. But I disagree that we should stop seeking for ways to grow ourselves.
That’s why, instead of viewing contentment as a destination, I’m treating it as a stepping stone. As a path for me to grow further. Contentment helps me to stay calm. To not worry about the past. To not compare myself to others.
And by staying in this peaceful, happy state, my mind will be clear. Free from all the noise and clutter. Become focused and make room for more things that matter.