"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances."
Being content lies solely in your attitude. For we has humans never seem to be content. There is always something pushing, innately underneath the surface, that is looking for something better. When we're upset, we're down on bended knee crying out for mercy. When things are normal, we are bored asking God for a tad bit more to enlighten our lives.
Sadly, it's not God, but rather all up to you in how you choose to see things. You can complain about your boss, or you can thank God that you have a job. You can complain about lawn work or you can thank God that you have a yard. You can complain about another trip to the mechanic, or you can thank God you have a car. It's completely up to you how you see it.
My compressor went a few weeks ago. My car was unable to run without it as it was making a ghastly noise. So I took it to our mechanic. He also noted that the serpentine belt needed to be replaced. Now, I had already looked into purchasing a compressor and after several phone calls to AC specialists, I was told my cost could be anywhere from $700 - $900. Furthermore, I looked into a serpentine belt, and my cheapest price with installation was somewhere around $100. My mechanic looked it over and quoted me $526 for both. I don't have that kind of money lying around. I could have complained to our dear Lord asking him why this had to happen now. Instead, I drummed up my affirmations and spent the day thanking God that he saw fit to save me hundreds of dollars. And, I also knew darned well that he would find a way for me to afford it. Which he did!
The weeks before that were all mundane. Nothing much going on except work, family, and home. We as children of God don't realize how great we have until something goes wrong. A friend of mine was having the weeks go by endlessly and boring as a matter of fact. Suddenly, her father was called in for some routine testing. They found out his liver was in decay. He had to go to the hospital several times a week for treatment. All of a sudden her life turned upside down. No longer was it boring filled with anxiety and despair. One day she said something profound to me. "We've been through so much; now , how I long for the mundane. How I long to get back to doing what we used to do. How I long to just go home and sit around with my family at night."
What she was saying was that she didn't realize how great she had it. Just a few days before she didn't have problems and was going back and forth to work enjoying her family at night. Those unexciting days that existed previously would be perfect right now.
So, when you are in one of those mundane, cycles take time for the people you love. Quit working all the time. Let that mundane become exciting and comforting with those close to you. When you come to the end of your life, you will never regret having spent time with your family. Nobody ever says on their deathbed, "If I had to do it again, I'd spend more time at the office. I'd just work a little harder." No they always say, "I wish I'd spent more time with my family. If I had a chance to live my life again, I'd take more vacations. I'd slow down and smell the roses. I wouldn't live so stressed out."
We need to realize that any moment we could be gone. We have no guarantee that we will be there in the morning. We need to learn to live each day to the fullest, as thought it could be our last. i heard somebody say, "If you had only an hour to live, who would you call? What would you say? And what are you waiting for?
I leave you with one thought, "How are you living? Right here and now. How are you living?"