I have been given some great opportunities over the past six years. First there’s this blog, which has (somehow) grown steadily over the years, despite my best efforts to abandon it. There’s LifeRemix, a network I co-founded in 2007 that has grown incredibly without any real work on my part and which I’ve sorely neglected. Then there’s Gentlemint, which we started almost exactly a year ago, which has seen millions of people.
And yet I’m constantly looking to start new things. (Sometimes getting into a new field or switching things up is a good thing.) This was part of the impetus for starting 6 to 30: instead of looking outward for the Next Big Thing, I’m working hard on the things I already have.
To me the most overlooked aspect of contentment has nothing to do with being satisfied with what you already have, but finding joy with what you already have. This was the real “aha!” moment earlier this year for me. I’m certainly grateful for what I’ve been given, but I hadn’t recently found joy in what I’d been given. Why was I drawn to these projects in the first place? What about them inspired me and, most importantly, what do I need to do to get back to becoming inspired again?
Thanksgiving is traditionally when people pause to gather with family and enjoy each other’s company (while stuffing ourselves with things that will ensure we pass out on the living room floor soon after). The holiday season reminds me of the things that I do have: a beautiful wife and daughter, great families, friends who I truly enjoy their company, and on and on and on.
And I consistently find joy in all of those things.
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