Years ago I made a post and named it "Content" meaning I was posting something to LJ because there was a dearth of posts. I just wanted to add something. I thought about making this post and naming it "Content," but it was for a different reason. This time "content" refers to a state of well-being. So to distinguish the 2 words I emphasized the 2nd syllable. I guess it was kinda fortuitous that nexrad posted about something very similar yesterday. I was actually going to make this post last weekend, but it has just been bouncing around in my mind since then. It started when Kitty and I were doing some shopping over the weekend. It was a really nice day and we were having fun buying groceries. While driving between shops Kitty said, "I don't know. I'm just feeling so happy and content." It was a little shocking to me because I was feeling the exact same way. It simply felt like it was great to be alive with very few cares at the moment. Grocery shopping does that to me. To me it's the equivalent of a hunter coming home with the kill. He and his family will eat for a day or 2 and they will survive. I love loading up the cart with good quality food with the added thrill of hunting for the best bargains. There's nothing like having a full cart and leaving the store for under $100, knowing you will eat well for the week (and beyond!) I'm finally at that place in life when I don't have to worry about the cost of food or medical care or housing. It will all be taken care of. At the same time there is no desire to acquire "stuff" especially to prove my worth to the rest of the world. I scoff at ads for conspicuous consumption. There is no need to compete with the Joneses to have the biggest/best/latest. The feeling of being content simply arises from knowing that life is good. Every day I tell the universe "thank you" for things like light and heat and water. I'm glad I don't live in a "shithole country" with hunger and disease. I never forget that we are blessed to be in a first-world country and we joke about "first world problems" like not having enough electrical outlets or bandwidth or signal strength. So I guess this is just a typical "it's good to be alive" post. So there. I added content about feeling content.