If a writer is content in his writing, does that mean he will never better his skill? Is it possible to be content and still grow in knowledge, worth, and skill? I believe it is.
In fact, without a certain contentment, or satisfaction, in what we do, who we are, and where we are in life, we miss one of the most important gifts of all: Joy.
Some go through life without ever feeling satisfied. That must be a horrible empty feeling. Striving for the top, the best, the most, is good for working the muscles of our body, the materialistic needs of life, a sense of accomplishment, and a sense of self-worth. However, if the goals and expectations are unrealistic, the result is discouragement, depression, and discontentment.
For a writer who chooses self-publishing avenues rather than jumping through the fiery hoops of “traditional” publishing, they should do so out of contentment, not surrender. It should be a choice, not a consolation.
If a writer settles for self-publishing with a guilty nagging feeling that they have let themselves down or sold themselves short, they should hold out for that one agent who accepts their query letter and wants to represent them. We, only we, know what we expect from our writing ambitions. It is a choice we make alone, or at least should make alone.
From choosing our careers, our mates, homes, and all other major decisions in our lives, we need to study our options, know what is available before moving forward. Learning our talents, our strengths, and recognizing our weaknesses will help us choose wisely. Making a peaceful choice after weighing all the options will bring great joy and peace to our lives.
Contentment is not apathy. Contentment is satisfaction, fulfillment. Contentment is a place we feel at home.
Writing is contentment.
We can find contentment merely being with our family.
Where do you find the most contentment in your life?