“A contented heart is a calm sea in the midst of all storms.” ~~Anonymous
“Contentment comes from many great and small acceptances in life.” ~~Anonymous
“Comparison makes finding contentment a million times harder.” ~~Anonymous
#11 Enthusiasm is my daily exercise.
I treasure the moments of my New Life.
Enthusiasm has been at times difficult to embrace, especially this year with changes from the pandemic. Many things are different and routines have been disrupted. As I struggled with practicing Statement #11, I found that switching out the word enthusiasm with contentment has helped me connect and appreciate moments each day.
Obviously, this has been a difficult year for numerous people; uncertainty with finances, the inability to connect with loved ones, fear of the virus itself, and the inflammatory political spectrum has stretched our nervous system to the extreme. Being enthusiastic feels almost impossible, yet contentment feels practical. In our WFS Program booklet, it states “Pause at random times throughout the day and identify something to appreciate about that moment. Learn which things make you smile and feel excited. Reflect on your life and find things to be thankful for.” There are numerous moments throughout the day to embrace contentment, it takes conscious awareness and effort.
Even though life feels unsteady lately, it doesn’t mean sobriety has to be unbalanced. Recovery is the one constant in life that I have complete control over and it means the world to me. Taking stock of who I have become and the many positive changes in my life is a baseline of stability. So even when life feels the complete opposite of enthusiastic, I can feel contentment, even amidst chaos. Again, from our WFS Program booklet for Statement #11, the following questions are asked:
How can you increase your enthusiasm (contentment) today?
What energizes you naturally?
How can you enjoy what you currently have?
Hi 4C Women,
I am grateful for the word “contentment” that Karen used to express enthusiasm as she feels it today. I love decorating for the holidays yet this year I find myself fluctuating between pure joy and exhaustion just from packing up the fall decorations and dragging the winter/Christmas/holiday decorations into the house. I know the exhaustion is a combination of age, energy and space. As I unpacked each snowman, decorated the tree and found a spot for just one more decoration, I found myself feeling lighter and dare I say, enthusiastic! I treasure the memory behind each decoration and soon gratefulness was flooding into my heart. Like many of us, I am missing family and friends that I haven’t seen in person for over a year. Many of my snowmen are gifts from family and friends who know my love for snowmen. I mean how can you not smile back at a cute, fluffy smiling snowman! As Jean said, enthusiastic moments are just that – moments. It’s the awareness of them that makes them treasures.
I’m feeling that this year, perhaps more than ever, we need that awareness to lift our spirits, to treasure the joy – contentment of those precious moments.
So here are some questions I have presented in the past that I find make me dig a little bit deeper to know there are enthusiastic, joyful, content moments to treasure even in uncertain times:
What is the last spontaneous moment you experienced and treasure?
What sparks your creativity?
When we do what we are passionate about, we have total confidence in our abilities. What makes you unafraid of making a mistake? Is it your passion, enthusiasm, joy that keeps you moving forward without fear? In the past, I was riddled with fear of making a mistake so I became stagnant, not opening up to taking on a project that in my heart, I was passionate or joyful about just thinking of it. Where does your passion or joy take you that making a mistake doesn’t hold you back?
Answering these sensory questions may be just the spark needed to discover what brings a smile to your face, where you feel most creative and how to achieve the joy of enthusiasm, meaning and living a balanced life
I love the taste of:
I love the sight of:
I love the feel of:
I love the smell of:
I love the sound of:
The answers to these questions may lead us to create and enjoy an uplifting song, cooking a meal that evokes a powerful, wonderful memory, watching snow fall or depending on where you live, a beautiful fall tree with leaves still brilliantly shining, eating your favorite snack or food. So much we can do personally and individually to bring about enthusiasm and contentment when we explore, discover and uncover the answers to these questions.
Bonded in discovering and treasuring the moments of our New Life, Dee