Choosing To Be Content

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There is one characteristic that those of us who have chosen frugality, a simplified life and minimalism have in common: we have chosen to be content. It’s just that simple.

We are satisfied with what we have. We do not want more or anything else. We are not caught up believing that we must always be replacing our possessions with new possessions that serve the same purpose. We realize that our society built upon the foundation of consumerism does nothing but destroy Earth, ourselves and our ability to become financially independent.

We realize that never-ending consumerism leads to a life of unattainable happiness and fulfillment because this type of happiness is fleeting and is always changing. The core of our happiness is built around the values that cannot be met with money or possessions. Nature, experiences and our relationship with others are what motivate us to be good and do good for ourselves, our communities and our planet.

In reality, the only things we want more of is knowledge, wisdom, love, relationships, good health, and shared experiences with friends and family that compile a portfolio of priceless memories.

I don’t need or want a newer and bigger house. I don’t want need or want a new vehicle. I don’t need or want a new wardrobe. I don’t need or want exotic or foreign vacations.

I am content with what I have. I do not seek the approval of others as I am responsible for my own happiness. And my happiness comes from being content.

Published by W. M. Brown

I am a retired U.S. expat living in Ecuador. I was a business owner for 32 years before retiring in 2012.

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