Are you content or dissatisfied? Content or anxious? Content or unfulfilled? Ads, movies and social media preach daily that we don’t quite have enough, we deserve more, or there’s something better out there. Let’s face it: Contentment is elusive for many.
For many people, Christmas often ends up being a bit of a let-down. The snow doesn’t quite fall thick enough, the egg nog curdles, and the relatives end up snoring on the sofa after lunch instead of playing family games. It didn’t quite turn out the way you had dreamed. More ho-hum than ho-ho.
Can pain ever be good? That’s a fair question, but mostly an intellectual one to me, until recently. You see I’ve been blessed with good health and without much physical pain for most of my life. But a recent injury put me in a season of constant and intense back pain. For quite a while, I was getting just a few hours of sleep a night, sometimes feeling lost in an emotional fog.