To live a contented life


“There are nine requisites for contented living: HEALTH enough to make work a pleasure; WEALTH enough to support your needs; STRENGTH enough to battle with difficulties and forsake them; GRACE enough to confess your sins and overcome them; PATIENCE enough to toil until some good is accomplished; CHARITY enough to see some good in your neighbor; LOVE enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others; FAITH enough to make real the things of God; HOPE enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

My original intent was to comment on hard work and how I’ve never been afraid of manuel labor or working with my hands–in fact I have found such to be most rewarding. Then I read this quote by Goethe and found it a wonderful piece of advice and something that I am thankful to be reminded of–knowing that life is more than just working hard, as that is just one component. It is necessary that we acknowledge and lay claim to the other essential pieces which, all together, create a sense of satisfaction within one’s life. Sometimes we must make room and time for the aspects we tend to overlook as we become too consumed by just the few—there is so much more to a life lived well—the key is finding the right balance.

5 comments on “To live a contented life

  1. Val says:

    Not that I don’t loveworking hard, but in our culture so often the drive is to work too hard. Goethe has a better handle on things.

    • Hi Val–how’s the brood? I’m assuming there are new guineas in your life! And yes to our culture and hard work but I fear we have a rising generation who would prefer having it all now without much of that stick-to-it-ness that is so necessary–none of the starting out small in order to grow–they want to be big immediately—Good always hearing from you–blessings–Julie

      • Val says:

        Herd’s the word — between when my sister left for work and when my brother-in-law wandered into the office Annie had…

        not one…
        not two…
        not three…
        but four babies this morning: Frederick, Harville, Benwick, and Sophie (and with parents Annie and Wentworth these names should surprise no one who knows the book in question).

        I think the entitlement is a rotating thing.

  2. Happiness to mom, dad, babies and “grandmama” or is it “grandmere” 🙂

    • Val says:

      It would be GREAT grandmother per se, as Wentworth is Eleanor’s son, so this is actually the third generation of little Wigglewhiskers. Watson, Wentworth’s daddy, is actually in the cage next to Annie and her pups (Harville seems to have Watson’s chill little temperament actually). But really, I’m just perpetually “mom” to them all. The whole clan is over at my sister’s, and there are her two sows Rose and Daisy besides — that is a total of nine guinea pigs in one room. My niece Eliza (@ 4 mo. old) thinks they are delightful and worthy of broad grins.

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