Spiritual Contentment Heals

Satisfied, free from discomfort and worry, serene and, if old enough, smiling—we're glad and grateful if our babies are so contented. If they are, we enjoy a peaceful home, and we may feel that contentment is a virtue we want to develop more than most others in ourselves and our offspring.

Yet as our children mature, if we see in them an attitude of perpetual contentment, it can be a matter of concern to us. We may detect in it a state of human thought that is limited, unprogressive, satisfied with mediocrity. We may look upon contentment more as dangerous complacency—a protective air bubble—than as a commendable trait to be cherished.

January 31, 1976

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