The two are connected to each other. Sometimes we think if we are perfect we will be content.
Let’s start with what “Perfect” means – having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.
Now let’s look at the word “Contentment” – means a state of happiness and satisfaction.
If you are striving to be perfect and feel that this will bring you a state of happiness and satisfaction, then you need to work on both of these areas in your life.
Our biggest reason for failure is comparing ourselves to others. What can take your inner Contentment away? – in a word “Competition”. If we do what we enjoy, hang out with who we enjoy and take care of ourselves, that’s all that matters.
Comparing yourself to others, such as, what type of job someone else has, what type of family someone else has, what material things someone else has, you get the point.
Have you done this to yourself? When you stop comparing yourself to others you begin realize that you can be more content and less stressed.
From the book “Being Perfect” by Anna Quindlen she says:
Being you, requires you to set aside what everyone else expects of you and what society puts on you, through social media, TV, magazines etc.
Start with a clean slate. Look at your choices every day, and ask yourself, why am I making these choices, and your answer should be – because this is what I want or wish for. They reflect who and what I am.
Your level of perfection and contentment come from within you. What you accept for yourself.
Anna also said – What is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.