Are you content or are you complacent? I've seen a lot of people claiming to be content. My grandma was content, then she had a stroke. Is it really being content, or are you complacent? Complacency means you are self satisfied, unaware of your own defects and dangers lurking around. Content means you are satisfied, and do not want more.
The difference I see is complacency includes apathy and passivity, a disconnect from ourselves and the world; while one can be very proactive and connected and passionate, and still be content. Complacency is a state of mind; contentment is a state of being.
Good post. I am far from complacent, I am working hard to improve things every day.
Yet I am content in that. I have been in some bad places in my life, so now is pretty awesome.
I try hard to get others to find this contentment. I wish people would change, so many people visit or stay a while to get away from their lives, all say it is a real oasis, yet they leave and don't try and change their own spaces. I can be very unpopular in many circles pushing my changes.
I was complacent in my marriage and job about 9 or 10 years ago, but thought I was content. Then I lost both, and began to discover the difference. If I had only realized it sooner, I might have done something, at least about my marriage. But, here I am, dealing with the aftermath of all this, and starting to surface again.