Riding the wave of contentment through vivid, varied experiencesThere is happiness. And then there is contentment.
When do you feel happy? You achieve a goal which you have always aimed for, seemingly impossible perhaps initially, but you do reach there eventually. What do you feel? An exhilarating feeling of happiness, a thrill, an excitement of having ridden the crest of the wave. You feel happy on meeting relatives and friends after a long time. You feel happy when you get a promotion or a hike in salary.
On the other hand, there is just a simple contentment. When do you ride this wave? When you have this feeling in your heart of a very deep satisfaction; of just simply feeling pleased. You sort of give a gentle sigh, content. I feel this often.
I feel it when I have submitted an article to my absolute satisfaction, something which I feel has been written well.
I feel it when I have finished reading a beautiful book, fiction or non-fiction, when I turn the last page and let my hands rest on it, my mind quietly going over what I have read.
I feel it when the credits roll at the end on the silver screen, my mind serenely pleased & silently applauding for having seen a good film.
I feel it when I watch in fascination two squirrels playfully chasing each other up and down and across branches.
I feel it when watching God's play on nature with the sky's changing hues - pink, purple, gold - as I return from work with the sun dipping over the western horizon and a lovely wind caressing my face.
That feeling of pure, utter contentment cannot really be described. It is just there, inside. Yes, it does sometimes burst into full-fledged happiness, becoming wholly part of it!
When was the last time you simply sighed & rode the wave of deep, utter contentment?
[This is my entry for the Topic based monthly TOW contest for April