I read all sorts of books, blogs and articles. There are so many good ideas, interesting facts and compelling words out there. Don’t you reckon?
While reading around recently, I came across Goethe’s nine requisites for contented living.* I loved them! Sage advice calling to us – or certainly me – from the early 19th century. And those requisites for contentment..? As follows:
Health enough to make work a pleasure;
Wealth enough to support your needs;
Strength enough to battle with difficulties and forsake them;
Grace enough to confess your sins and overcome them;
Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished;
Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor;
Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others;
Faith enough to make real the things of God;
Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
I don’t always have all these requisites by the way, but I work at it. How about you?