Welcome to Living Contentment Weekly. Here are your three contentment-related thoughts for today. Something for you to: read | do | pray
They say ‘You don’t know what you have… until it’s gone.’
(OK fine – I recall hearing “don’t know what you got ’till it’s gone” … but I just can’t write that out)
But often, we are aware enough that merely thinking about losing something causes us to appreciate what we have.
And sometimes we are even aware enough of others that seeing them lose what we have is enough to appreciate what we still have.
Perhaps that’s one tiny thing that we can take out of the absolute avalanche of human suffering coming out of Türkiye and Syria right now.
The death toll is rising so quickly that between the time I write this, and you read it, it will sadly already have tragically risen.
So yes, appreciate that you still have a roof over your head, that you’re not digging through shattered glass, broken cement, and twisted metal to find your loved ones. Rest in the fact that you are not burying your child today. Be glad you haven’t lost loved ones this week.
I think it is right that these kinds of events push us to realize how content we should be.
Try to recognize the good you enjoy (healthy relationships, family, meaningful work, health, etc.) every day – not just when you think about them being ripped away.
Remember, true contentment does not depend on these good and pleasant things, but is something we can have no matter the circumstances (and yes—when thinking about those in Türkiye & Syria right now…I find those words as hard to believe as you do)
Do something. As is always the case, saying or posting “thoughts and prayers” is pretty easy, a frictionless way to respond that often means very little. If you say you are praying….do it. If you don’t say you are praying for those affected…do it. Give. Support. At the very least, find out about the plight of the millions and millions of refugees and other displaced persons who were already suffering from Syria’s now decade-long civil war.
Prayer from World Relief – who would also be a great choice to actually support the relief & recovery efforts already ongoing.
Talk to you next Thursday!