"The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach."
Contentment - The state of being mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are.
Ambition - An earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame or wealth and the willingness to strive for its attainment.
I think contentment gets a bad rap sometimes. There's real value in being content. It contains both peace and rest. What's wrong with that?
Can't I be content and ambitious? Must I be just one or the other? I don't think so.
I confess. On gray Mondays like today in New York City, I still have to get up at the crack of dawn to buy the freshest, most beautiful flowers for Fly Me To The Moon Florists.
On those days, I'd be content to just stay home.
I don't like trudging from flower wholesaler to flower wholesaler in the pouring rain either.
I could just stay home and order my flowers over the phone like some florists do. But I don't want anybody else picking out flowers for our customers.
I want our boutique flower shop to be the best in Westchester County. I want it to be the it place to buy your flowers.
We've got a great reputation. I am grateful for that. And business is growing.
So I am ambitious. But I want to be content too.
I want to learn to feel great no matter what the weather.
To take life in stride and work dilligently at things I feel passionate about. To be content moment to moment in whatever I'm doing.
Now that's what I call real success. How about you?
Do you think it's possible to be content and ambitious?