Johann Wolgang von Goethe, a German playwright, poet, novelist and dramatist said, "There are nine requisites for contented living." The following are what he listed:
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.
Today I am entering the ninth year of posting daily to this blog. Actually, not daily daily, because in the very first year, the very first months, I didn't post every day. But I did get a handle on it in the second year - you can see how it all plays out in the archives over there in the side bar. ------>
I think often about where I want this blog to go. Should I change what I'm doing? And if so, what do I change? How do I change? Do I specialize? No matter what I decide, if anything, it's a gigantic undertaking. I know, because I've started to transition into something different in the past and have given up halfway through. I mean, I have to move thousands of posts. Over three thousand. That's a lot of work.
OK, got a little sidetracked there. Back to the nine requisites.
I know I posses enough in all of the categories listed above. Some amounts are infinitesimal, but I consider it enough. And that's what's important. I don't really feel compelled to work on having more. I am content.
That's not saying that I have no plans, goals (well, I really don't have goals in the traditional sense), or desire to have more and do more. But that's not the point here in the nine requisites for contented living. The point is to have enough.
And I most certainly have that.
Now let's get moving into year nine!
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2013: Eight Takes The Cake
2012: Seven Years And Still Ranting
2011: Don’t Worry, Daily Rant. I’m On Your Six
2010: So This Is What Niche Feels Like
2009: The Sum Of Its Parts
2008: Look At Me, I’m Three!!
2007: A Trucking Style Birthday Celebration
2006: A Perfectly Uninteresting Event
2005: The Day The Blog Began