being content

One of the great things about writing a blog visible to all is that others also contribute thus making it a collective thing.  This beautiful extract comes from my friend, Cathy, who is Christian.  She sent an extract from Philippians, epistles (letters) of St. Paul to the Church at Philippi in Macedonia, with additional commentary by Rick Warren

“I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11-13 NLT)

“When Paul wrote the book of Philippians, he was in prison in Rome, awaiting execution. Worrying about what cannot be changed won’t give you peace. Becoming resentful or bitter about what cannot be changed will not give you peace. Feeling guilty about things that cannot be changed will not give you peace.There is only one thing that will bring peace in your life, and that is acceptance of what cannot be changed.”

Here I (this is me writing!) as a Buddhist can add that the acceptance itself is the change.  Once your attitude changes and you accept yourself, then not surprisingly, things do change.  Things happen when you are content with yourself and events take you forward. This then makes you slightly uncomfortable again so that you need to accept yourself and so on, expand your life again in this continuous process.  As M K Gandhi reportedly said, “Be the change you wish to see!”

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