I’m all for contentment and satisfaction BUT it is possible to have too much of almost any too good thing! All things in moderation including moderation! There is a powerful place for functional dissatisfaction and discontent; both can be magnificent motivators in energizing life-changing action.
Too much success for too long a period can lead to complacency and overconfidence; how to prevent, how to stay “hungry like the wolf”, keep the “eye of the tiger” even when your belly is full?
The key is to find that Zen place of “happy dissatisfaction” where you are quite content with what you have, you just see/know that more and better is possible, achievable, just around the next bend or over the next mountain and you are bound and determined to get there AND to delightfully enjoy the journey along the way! Yin and Yang, existing in dynamic harmony!
“All progress is due to dissatisfied people….without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” – Frank Zappa, 1940-1993
“As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.” – George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950
“We are pleased to be dissatisfied, blessed to be restless. Those of us who are satisfied and at peace with our art are done, finished.” – John Hope, 1868-1936, president of Morehouse College & Atlanta University
“The little dissatisfaction which every artist feels at the completion of a work forms the germ of a new work.” – Berthold Auerbach, 1812-1882
As always, I share what I most want/need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier