How Do You Want What You Have? / by Amy DeRosia

CC photo by Alberto Barrera

I've always been a dreamer with passionate ideas and big questions. But I am becoming more aware of the need to find contentment in what is right in front of me.

Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.
— Steve Maraboli

When we try to achieve goals, our plans seem perfect in our heads. But in reality, attempting something new often looks like this:

There is a gap between what we have to work with and what we want to achieve.  And fortunately, looking silly is not that big of a deal.

We usually want what is out of reach. But that gets frustrating without some small wins. What would happen if we became fascinated about our actual lives, careers, and communities?

Curiosity is a practice worth developing. There is always more going on than what we see at first glance.

We often mislabel what we need to be successful. If you look at any situation, you can usually tell immediately if you have an advantage or a disadvantage. Many people stop there and assume nothing can be done to increase their odds.

In this TED talk Phil Hansen shares his experience of being an artist and having to find a new way to create.

Here's one of my favorite quotes from the talk:

Looking at limitations as a source of creativity changed the course of my life. Now, when I run into a barrier or I find myself creatively stumped, I sometimes still struggle, but I continue to show up for the process and try to remind myself of the possibilities, like using hundreds of real, live worms to make an image, using a pushpin to tattoo a banana, or painting a picture with hamburger grease.
— Phil Hansen

Obstacles can be our jumping off points-imperfect and an excellent place to start. When we stay grateful about our actual experiences, happiness and success seem easier to find.

Taking time to notice what is working allows us to celebrate what is good-right now. This type of awareness also helps us find the next step instead of getting stuck.

How do you find contentment in what you have? What do you do to also stay in motion?