Monday, 17 October 2016

Creative Discontent



"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Harold Whitman


 I love the quote above from Harold Whitman about asking yourself what makes you come alive. Pause for a moment to think about what makes you come alive. Is that 'something' present in your life or is it still just a dream? (My dream is to develop a self-supporting household. ) 

Last month I wrote of managing concerns when a dream or goal  isn't showing up fast enough. When on the journey toward making dreams a reality, its delay in manifesting can cause feelings of discontent. The point I would like to make here is that feelings of discontent, though uncomfortable, do not have to be a negative thing. Discontent can be the flag that signals your current circumstances are less than  ideal; that you are dissatisfied with your present circumstances, and wish for something to change.

Make those  feelings of discontent work for you. Use discontent as a source of motivation that can help you rise up and work toward the future you really want. That is turning discontent into creative discontent. 

8 comments:

  1. Yes, I feel this keenly. Discontent is often the catalyst for me to get up and do something about it. Spot on.

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  2. Yes I agree, Sherri. It can spur you on.

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    1. It can Chel, its not always easy to turn discontent around so it becomes a motivating force but it is worth the effort.

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  3. Wise words that make such good sense. Too many people wallow in their discontent, without making any effort to change.

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    1. Thanks Sally. Changing our perceptions is the first step I think. I am reminded of the old saying 'If you keep on doing what you have always done, you will keep getting what you always got.'

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  4. Excellent point! As Sally said above, too many people enjoy their "poor me" attitude,(I believe our current culture has made being a victim trendy) when discontent can be the catalyst for change.

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    1. Yes, we can't change everything, but even a small change can have us heading in a new direction.

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