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.