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Do you feel there are different kinds of contentment? What does the word mean to you personally, and when do you find you're most content?

Created: 02/11/21

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davinamw

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Do you feel there are different kinds of contentment? What does the word mean to you personally, and when do you find you're most content?

Sally expresses contentment often throughout the book, even stating that one day's contentment was different to the one she had experienced previously. Do you feel there are different kinds of contentment? What does the word mean to you personally, and when do you find you're most content?


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beckyd

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RE: Do you feel there are different kinds of contentment? What does the word mean to you personally, and when do you find you're most content?

I suppose there are different kinds of contentment: contentment at work, at home, being with family and friends, and accomplishing tasks. For me, my contentment usualy comes when I know I've completed tasks I've set out to do, whatever the occasion and whomever I'm with.


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ColoradoGirl

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RE: Do you feel there are different kinds of contentment? What does the word mean to you personally, and when do you find you're most content?

I agree with you beckyd! Lots of types of contentment for different areas of life. I would add even different at different stages of life. I feel like I was more ambitious years ago and now I'm content with where I am. I also like to complete tasks and then do something relaxing and that makes me content!


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sherryk

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RE: Do you feel there are different kinds of contentment? What does the word mean to you personally, and when do you find you're most content?

Absolutely, there are different kinds of contentment during different stages of life. Unfortunately, we rarely recognize and, therefore do not savor the elusive joyful feeling of contentment. The old adage 'stop and smell the roses' is so easy for some and so difficult for others. So many factors contribute toward the feeling of contentment and they vary during different times in our lives...reaching a goal, passing a test, warmth, satisfaction, green grass, a cool breeze, paying the monthly bills with money left over, a smile from a loved one.....


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BayParkReader

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RE: Do you feel there are different kinds of contentment? What does the word mean to you personally, and when do you find you're most content?

What makes us content definitely evolves through our lives. The pandemic has been stressful but I currently find contentment holding my new grandson, finishing a good book, bingeing a new series with my husband.


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carolt

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RE: Do you feel there are different kinds of contentment? What does the word mean to you personally, and when do you find you're most content?

Like everyone else here, I agree that what has made me content had varied throughout my life. When I was younger, contentment usually meant the satisfaction of completing something, usually something complicated. Now, I love spending time with my husband (good thing, during the pandemic), afternoons of reading, evenings of TV or movies or card games. Oh, yes. and walks with our dog.


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catherynez

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RE: Do you feel there are different kinds of contentment? What does the word mean to you personally, and when do you find you're most content?

I agree contentment can mean different things in various stages of life.


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katherinep

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RE: Do you feel there are different kinds of contentment? What does the word mean to you personally, and when do you find you're most content?

I think contentment does not change--it's a feeling of well-being, a feeling without stress or tension, a total relaxation free from worry or sense of time. What I think is different is what brings this feeling about--sometimes it is being held and falling asleep in your lover's arms, sometimes it is sitting on the porch of a summer's evening as the sun sets and the fireflies begin to flit, sometimes it is closing the classroom door at the end of the day in which your kids all seemed to be invested in the lesson and on and on----It is a moment in time when what has passed is successful and what is to come is the farthest thing from your mind


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peggyt

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RE: Do you feel there are different kinds of contentment? What does the word mean to you personally, and when do you find you're most content?

There are as many different kinds of contentment as there are people.
Of course, I am contented when reading a book with a cup of tea while my cat is in my lap.


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sylviaann

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RE: Do you feel there are different kinds of contentment? What does the word mean to you personally, and when do you find you're most content?

Contentment, too me, is finding joy in what we already have in our lives, feeling or showing satisfaction with our possessions, status, or situation. It’s being happy without trying to find fulfillment in acquiring more material possessions. I feel most content just "being"/ spending time with my husband and our havanese, Mikey.


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