Now, this doesn't directly relate to meaning what's in something, though indirectly it does.
What I mean by this word is something along the line of this description (#2).
con·tent 2 (kn-tnt)
1. Desiring no more than what one has; satisfied.
2. Ready to accept or acquiesce; willing: She was content to step down after four years as chief executive.
tr.v. con·tent·ed, con·tent·ing, con·tents
To make content or satisfied: contented himself with one piece of cake.
This word came to me couple days ago as I was laying down either getting ready to wake, in lala land, or dozing off, can't remember exactly when. But did remember!
I always fancied myself as a generally happy person, mostly looking at bright side of things and getting passionately lost in certain activities (3D printing as one example). I am generally happy and go lucky, though realized one of the things I'm missing is contentment, or being content, with myself, my choices, and those I'm around.
So far in this adventure of mine, and didn't realize this until just now, is that I've been content in only a couple of places, very content. Three of those times were even before I officially began my journey. And it isn't just the cake as mentioned in example, because all gamers know the cake is a lie!
Looking back in fairly recent history, here are some, but not all, of the places where I truly felt content, not just happy, but content.
- Permaculture course (Dayton, MT)
- Escapees RV Park (Yuma, AZ)
- Vashon Island (Vashon, WA)
- Zingerman's (Ann Arbor, MI)
The last one is kinda strange as it's a store, but was truly wonderful being there! The vibrant energy, awesome food, and great environment made me want to simply move there!
While I can't really pinpoint yet why have been truly content at the above locations, am sure the why will come to me when it's the right time.
I believe being happy and being content are related, but not the same. It is like one can be happy that their team won at <insert sports game>, but would they truly be content about it? Most likely not. One can also be happy, or even ecstatic, at certain other events, but that doesn't mean they're content with life.
I don't think this is about where I am in life, what I have accomplished, or haven't, but simply being content with the smaller things in life, who I am with, what I am doing, and you know, just feeling content.
I also don't really remember ever being content ever for long periods of time. Depending on where I was at, it could've been for an hour or two (yes that short and it was bliss), or couple weeks in the Permaculture course.
However, now that I know it will become a reality!