Walking down a local street of shops and restaurants, I spied a little basket of discount Ts. It was one of those serendipitous moments of just-my-size and extreme-cheapness that leads to thoughts of the item having been placed there just for me. Perhaps even wondering if there is a message from the universe in it. As an Eastern philosophy fan, I’m endlessly finding myself drawn to items with a Chinese symbol and accompanying English translation. This time the T-shirt also included some additional text. It read “Contentment” under the Chinese symbol plus it said:

“to hold onto and to let go of everything all at once”

I not only fell in love with it but decided it represented my turning 40 theme. It’s that sense of balance and acceptance I’m looking for as I progress into another stage of my life. There is so much I need to let go of and so much to appreciate. Let me rest in that contentment even just for a day or for a moment in the day.

You may have noticed my Joe’s Goals badge showed me crashing for a few days and then recovering and getting back on track (yeah!). Also, the other day at my third appointment, my chiropractor expressed some astonishment at how well I have responded to her treatment. After weekly appointments, I’m going back in 4 weeks to see how I’m doing. I was not so surprised because of all the work I’ve been doing – walking, yoga, pilates, qi gong. I’ve become a big believer in the synergy of using multiple approaches. Most importantly, I’m enjoying having my back feel so much better. It certainly makes contentment easier to attain!

One thought on “Age of Contentment

  1. Loved this post. A lot to think about.

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