Contentment in the Journey – Poem

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This past week I’ve been thinking about the unpredictable nature of life. How things can take a turn at any moment, how we need to count our blessings, and look for them — even though sometimes it can be like finding a needle in the haystack.

Contentment in the Journey

Morning comes
The day breaks
Another day dawns.
Life goes on,
whether we want it to
…or not.
Being in control
is a joke, impossible.
Life’s circumstances
are unpredictable
always surprising.
We make the choice to
fix our eyes on the goal
before us…
…or get sucked into
the quicksand of
life’s troubles
surrounding us.
Life will never be free
from difficulty.
But we can choose
to find contentment
in the journey.

Pink Hued Sunrise

The image above is from a morning this spring (yes, we still had snow). We were blessed with a vivid pink sunrise over the lake. As the evening receded and the sun’s rising approached, deep purple and vivid pink hues were muted into orange and yellow tones. The moment was gone quickly, even as we enjoyed the lovely colors.

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature — trees, flowers, grass — grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.” – Mother Teresa

Sometimes morning’s coming seems to take forever; other times morning comes far too quickly. And with the night usually comes silence. Silence can be overpowering, overwhelming, and even frightening. It is in the silence that we are forced to deal with our own fears, thoughts, and worries. The hustle bustle of our days allows us to shut out these things, to put off dealing with them until later.

And the morning comes, whether we want it to or not.

Are we ever content with being in the moment? Willing to accept the reality of our present circumstances, whether they be joyful, grief-stricken, or even filled with apathy? I’ve known some strong people in my life. It has always struck me, how, even during their times of trial, they are looking outward towards the needs of others rather than inward towards their circumstances.

Resources on Contentment + Sunrises

Here are some resources on contentment and sunrises. That sounds like such a random assortment, my apologies — but I found some neat activities related to contentment and sunrises. Links will open in a new window for your convenience.

Contentment Resources for Adults

For Parents: Teaching Contentment

For Kids: Learning About Contentment + Sunrises

How Do You Find Contentment?

What about you? How do you deal with adversity, loss, or hardship? Do you think it’s possible to find contentment in the face of adversity? Sometimes it feels impossible to find peace in the middle of life’s trials. What do you do to help cope?

Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. – unknown

19 Responses

  1. Amy @ Wildflower Ramblings

    Wow, Betsy, this is incredible poignant. Thank you for sharing your heart, I am learning to trust in God’s ways and timing! I love you friend.

  2. Thanks so much for the uplifting post this morning! That is one reason it is so amazing to meet others in this online community: the inspiration.
    For me, this is what I really needed this morning. Thanks for sharing! Pinned for inspiration…

  3. Karima

    Beautiful Photogaphy

  4. Betsy Finn

    Thanks, Stephanie. Glad you stopped by to visit!

  5. Betsy Finn

    Thank you Karima!

  6. Betsy Finn

    I agree, Rachel + Kathy. Thanks for stopping by, and Im so glad this was inspiring for you.

  7. Betsy Finn

    Aww, thanks Amy. You’ve been a blessing likewise. As an aside, my toddler wanted to hear your singing about “mercies” on our car ride today. I think he has a new favorite song, and you have another fan ;).

  8. Stephanie

    I love that spring photo. And the poem.

  9. Amy Kathleen

    This is a wonderful post- perfectly crafted and something perfect for all of us! I love your photography- gorgeous, peaceful- a perfect picture for this post. Thank you for sharing this lovely post and the wonderful resources as well! So glad you posted at #smallvictoriessunday- please stop by again next week! 🙂 Sincerely, Amy Kathleen

  10. Betsy Finn

    Amy Kathleen – thank you for visiting and also for your lovely compliments. I have been enjoying seeing others’ small victories 🙂 so I should be back!

  11. Ashley

    Lovely thoughts; I relate to them so well right now. Thank you! The picture is gorgeous as well!

  12. Betsy Finn

    My pleasure, Ashley. Thanks for visiting 🙂 (p.s. I’ve been enjoying pinning things from your blog! Great activities for kiddos)

  13. Cass@frugalfamily

    Thanks for linking up with the Parenting Pin It Party x x

  14. Betsy Finn

    Thanks for stopping by, Cass 🙂

  15. Sybil Brun

    Love your intentionality about pursuing contentment to make a difference in your own sphere! Thanks for linking up with Make A Difference Mondays! : )

  16. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Sybil!

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  18. Patricia Scarcella

    I have sent your blog address to my granddaughter Emily who is also a photographer, and also has two children, two precious little girls. They are my great grand daughters and your lives seem very similar to me. God is working in both your lives. You both love the outdoors as well, you really need to know one another.
    Your photography is very inspiring and loving. With the Spirit of God using you and your gifts.

  19. Patricia Scarcella

    Bye the way Emily lives in Northern California so I am sure she will reach out to you.
    It was Gods hand in me finding you while searching for how to grow lettuce from cutting off a head of romane and growing them in my window. It works and is so much fun to see. Wonderful for children to watch and see things grow.