Learning to Be Content

As I practice being Resilient, Thankful, and Happy, I now find myself simply learning to be content through this pandemic season. I shared these concepts in my keynote “Leading through Crisis. Resilient. Thankful. Happy. An Inspirational Journey” and in my recent article, “Leading through Crisis.” Allow me to explain:

Through all my life experiences, I have learned three key leadership lessons:

Be Resilient:

Every life experience we live through allows us the opportunity to change our ways, change direction, and see life from a different perspective. During this pandemic, we are being forced to be resilient. Resiliency is the ability to deal with adversity and bounce back after a major negative life event. I am practicing resiliency by staying home and keeping a positive attitude while not being able to have a “normal” life.

Be Thankful:

During trying times and difficult circumstances, we must focus on what we do have, what we can do, and how we can help others. By taking the focus away from ourselves, we can cope better with our own circumstances. I am practicing thankfulness by thanking God daily for what He’s done for me throughout my life. This includes these very days by providing work and health.

Be Happy:

Happiness is temporary and typically based on circumstances or events. But it is our choice. We can choose to be happy. Joy, on the other hand, is permanent and comes from within, regardless of our circumstances. But joy comes from God and He’s our only source of true joy. I am practicing happiness and joy by choosing to enjoy each day at home with my husband and especially the days we’ve watched our grandson. We have created beautiful memories that we would not have had if it not be for this time at home.

Beyond these three leadership lessons shared above, I am, most of all, learning to be content. When we choose to be content, regardless of our circumstances, then it’s easier to be resilient, thankful, and happy. This month I encourage you to join me in simply learning to be content. I will leave you with this scripture from Philippians 4:11 (KJV):

Not that I speak in respect to want: for I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.