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Contentment is wrong

on March 2, 2012

How’s that for a catchy title?

We all know what the good kind of contentment is: being thankful for what you have, appreciating your current state and resources, being happy and satisfied.

So what about the wrong kind of contentment?

Have you ever been a witness to an injustice, been moved to do something, and then done nothing? You rationalized. “Well, that’s the way life is.” And you went your merry, contented way.

This is complacency. We have all been guilty of it at some point in our life.

Today I want to challenge you to come out of your complacency.

I would like you find something that stirs you to the core and do something about it.

I’m not asking you to donate to every cause that pops up on the news or to every beggar on the street.

I’m asking you to find that ONE thing that you know deep inside that you have to do something about.

I believe that we are not here on earth just for ourselves, we are here to benefit others as well. I believe that each one of us has a stirring in our heart for some injustice in the world and that if we set our mind to it, we can turn that injustice into justice for a few, or even for many.

This is what I call legacy work. I borrow the term from Chris Guillebeau, (I don’t know if he coined it himself). It is, in my opinion, the most essential part of living an efficient life.

My legacy work is orphan care and adoption advocacy. When I was eleven years old, I was deeply moved by a documentary about Chinese orphanages. The black and white images of cribs lined up together, sickly baby girls and overwhelmed nurses never left my mind.

I cannot not do anything to care for orphans and help them find a family.

So what moves you?

Drug addicts? Single mothers? The homeless? Minority groups? World hunger? Human trafficking?

Will you get out of your complacency and do something? What will you do?


6 responses to “Contentment is wrong

  1. Caroline says:

    Je suis d’accord avec toi qu’on est souvent passif. Si on peut changer une seule vie, on doit le faire. Par contre, il faut rester réaliste et tenir compte du fait que ça va toujours de pire en pire et que seul Dieu pourra amener la justice sur la Terre… et qu’il le fera bientôt.

    • wellrunlife says:

      Le fait d’être “réaliste” ne pousse-t-il pas à l’inaction? On regarde l’étendue des besoins, on réalise qu’ils sont infinis, et on finit par ne rien faire?

      Oui, les choses empirent. Mais si nous pouvons améliorer une situation qui nous touchent particulièrement, je crois qu’il faut le faire. Si Bob Pierce de Vision Mondiale s’était dit, “Bon, ça ne va que pire en pire, ça ne changera rien si je ramasse des fonds pour ces enfants”, Vision Mondiale n’existerait pas et des milliers d’enfants souffriraient encore plus qu’il y en a présentement.

      C’est vrai que seul Dieu peut amener justice sur terre, mais que veut dire bientôt? Je pense que plusieurs croyants utilisent cet argument pour ne rien faire, ou ne pas faire plus. Et si Dieu amène sa justice dans 100, 200 ans? J’aurai vécu ma vie, et mes enfants aussi et nous n’aurions rien changé “parce qu’Il fera justice bientôt”? Je ne peux pas accepter de vivre ma vie comme ça…

      Ce que je souhaite communiquer, c’est que chaque personne peut faire une différence dans un aspect de ce monde, aussi petit soit-il. Un petit geste intentionnel répété plusieurs fois peut avoir une portée inouïe.

  2. Marie Eve says:

    Je vais vraiment songer à arrêter de manger de la viande. Je crois que c’est quelque chose qui me dérange vraiment. Je trouve que c’est tellement facile manger d’en manger!

    Je sais d’ou la viande provient, et ça m’écoeure. Je fais l’autruche, je fais semblant que je ne le sais pas, mais je le sais! Le problème est que je manque de connaissances par apport à la nourriture végétarienne. Je ne sais pas comment la préparer, mais surtout, je ne sais pas comment faire pour ne pas avoir de carences. Je travaille fort pour être et rester en santé, je veux être bien certaine de ce que je fais!

    Je devrais peut être allé passer un cours de cuisine et d’information par apport à ca. Ma soeur est végétarienne depuis des années, mais elle est toujours fatiguée et souvent malade, alors ce n’est pas un super bon exemple.

    Maintenant, il me reste juste à convaincre mon Français de mari qui mange du boeuf bourguignon depuis qu’il a TROIS MOIS! Ça c’est la partie la plus tough! ;))

    • wellrunlife says:

      Thanks Marie for commenting! (I usually respond in English 😉 ).

      I did the vegetarian thing for a while and it was really tough on my husband, he LOVES his meat, so I understand where your husband comes from.

      I did eventually get tired of the beans-tofu-lentils-eggs cycle too…

      What I have found works for our family now is to have beef twice a week, chicken twice a week and fish twice a week, all at dinnertime.

      I’ve also found an organic meat farmer in our region. If we buy 1/4 beef, it comes down to about the same price as quality meat from the store butcher. We’re about to order our first batch.

      I hope you figure out what will work for you!

  3. Amanda says:

    The food issue moves me. I’m SO frustrated with the state and quality of our food in the grocery stores. At first I just wanted to move to the country to grow our own veggies for our family. It’s turned into, I want to provide good quality food for all of my friends and neighbors too. Last year we GAVE away more food than we kept for ourselves. Even after canning and freezing A LOT! Which we are still eating on. Each week at church we were taking several grocery bags and baskets full of fresh veggies and passing them out to people. That’s now expanded to chickens. We have 12 adult hens that free range and are provided an organic soy free feed. We give away any eggs that are more than our family needs. We also have 13 teenage chickens that will come into lay in May, as well as another batch of chickens a month behind those that we’ve raised from a day old from a nearby hatchery. When the younger chickens start laying, our older chickens will become our meat. We also plan to get a few turkeys this spring to keep until Thanksgiving and offer them to a couple of friends that have said they wanted a good free range organic turkey that didn’t cost them $100. We get out milk from a local lady that has only one cow and we buy (donate money towards) her extra that she has. I REALLY want to get my own Guernsey cow so that we have our own milk and cream for butter and other dairy products. We also purchase our grass fed beef from a local farmer and buy in bulk. It really takes us a long time to go through even a 1/4 cow. We bought a 1/4 in June and we still have some steaks and hamburger to finish off in our deep freezer.

    • wellrunlife says:

      Amanda, what amazing legacy work you are doing!! I am so happy to see that you have found your “one thing” and that you are very active making the world around you a better place. I hope you inspire many others to follow in your steps.

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