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Striving to be Content

Written by Sara Theesen
con·tent:  in a state of peaceful happiness

Are you content with where you are right now in life or are you too busy striving for what’s next that you forgot to celebrate the fact that where you are is what you once longed for?

Lately I have found myself struggling to be content.

This past week was a huge milestone for me.  I had officially maintained my 100 pound weight loss for one year. It was something that I should have been able to look back on and be happy that I made it a whole year maintaining that weight.

However, I wasn’t proud and I definitely wasn’t happy about it. 

But it wasn’t just the fact that I  had a year of little movement on the scale that I was frustrated about. It just was the icing to the cake that made me realize I never took the time to appreciate how far I have come….in life. I’m always striving for more that I never stopped to realize where I am now, is what I have ALWAYS wanted.

My whole life, I always wanted to lose weight. It was the one thing I believed I could never conquer. Yet, I did it and its not still not enough. This process of discontentment started with weight loss but the more I thought about it the more I realized I’m not content in a large part of my life. I beat myself up for not staying in college, for not having a better job, more friends, lost more weight and so on and so on. My discontentment stems from weight loss but it’s applicable in so many different areas.

The world is feeding in to our discontentment, making us always want more and want it now. 

Are you the girl who longed for a husband and now that you have a spouse you are dying to have kids but never took the time to appreciate  and love the husband you have? Or now that you have the husband and kids you always wanted, you can’t be content until you have a bigger or better house? Are you the business owner who’s swamped with all that time and responsibility that you spend most days stressed and frustrated and forget that was your dream; what you strived for?

Discontentment can take over every part of life….if we allow it. 

My goal is to strive for contentment. 

I no longer want my striving to be robbing me of my my dreams.  I want to stop for a moment in this busy world and be at peace with where I am and how far I have come.  Once I find peace with where I am – strive for whats next but not until I truly appreciate where I am and the blessings I have had so far. 

I challenge you to ask yourself this question again; are you content with where you are right now in life or are you you too busy striving for whats next that you forgot to celebrate the fact that where you are is what you once longed for?

Feature Image From Gramke Photography

Read more from Sara on her website:  Fat to Freedom

About the author

Sara Theesen

Sara has struggled with her weight her entire life. After losing over 100 pounds at 20 years old, she is on a quest to help others overcome their battles with weight. Sara is currently a student at UNK studying Health and PE K-12 with a minor in nutrition. She also is a certified CrossFit L1 CrossFit kids trainer at CrossFit Archway. You can follow her blog at http://fattofreedom.wordpress.com/ and follow her on Facebook at Fat to Freedom.