The difference between happiness and contentment
isn't ideological or theological. It may have nothing
to do with love, companionship, money, health,
lust, or longing, yet may have something to do
with each of these.
Some are truly content to be alone,
and others must have friends nearby always.
Many dislike attending church functions,
yet are content in their lives knowing that their souls
are nourished and prepared.
Happiness, like sadness, is by nature
a short-lived event. Contentment
is a long-lasting state of mind that is not
easily changed. If someone is uneasy in the limelight,
they may be happy though not content.
Being content is an individual predilection
for one's lifestyle and state of being
and is separate from any single human event.
Once this is understood, one can endeavor
to make contentment their goal.
Jack has published over 350 poems in his career, many accompanied by his own photography. He specializes in a view of the commonplace and Americana.