Being Satisfied

I am easily satisfied with the very best.

Winston Churchill

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.

Thomas Edison

I never made a film which fully satisfied me.

Roman Polanski

Is being satisfied a good thing or a bad thing?



The fulfillment or gratification of a desire, need, or appetite.

To say that you are satisfied, is to say that you don’t want something better…what you have is enough. That’s not good enough for me. I always want more. A better job, nicer place to live, more money, more friends, etc. Why should we settle for anything but the best? It’s like giving up before you cross the finish line.

For instance, today I shot a 41 for 9 holes of golf. It’s the best round I’ve had this year. I’m happy with it, but I know there are at least 3-4 shots that could have made a huge difference in my score. I’m not satisfied with the score, I wanted to shoot lower. In golf you can always shoot better, unless you eagle (or double eagle) every hole. You should never be satisfied with your game. You can be happy with your progress, but the day you stop wanting more is the day you might as well quit.

How many people out there are satisfied with thier job? Not many that I know. We all want to move up the food chain, make more money, and gain the respect of our colleagues. If you end up as the President of your company, you should want to lead a larger company.

The world is based on competition. Elections, store sales, interviews, sporting events…when you break them all down, they are nothing more than competition. Everyone wants to win, no matter what the competition is for. It’s human nature. If you fail to have a competitive mindset, you’ll be lost in the dust as we pass by.

Life is a constant struggle to move forward. You should never be content with where you are at until the end, when you can look back and say that you gave it your all. You always wanted more and did everything that you could to achieve your dreams. Isn’t this the ultimate goal?

5 Replies to “Being Satisfied”

  1. Satisfaction. I’ve been thinking about that a lot myself lately. What an insightful subject to post about. I often find myself wondering, am I truly satisfied? I have an amazing job, a fantastic family and I am turning into the kind of independent woman I admire. But there are always things missing, whether it’s a person, a feeling, or an object. What makes us decide that what we have is not good enough? What sends us over the edge of contentment and into the depths of a never-ending ravine looking for happiness?

    We convince ourselves that life will be better after we finish school, find the right person, get engaged, get married, have a baby, then another. We soon grow bored and look for the next “step”. The Stones had it right when they declared “I can’t get no satisfaction”. Are we so self-involved that we have to look to outside sources to make us happy? We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our boyfriend gets his act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, or when we retire. The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when?

    My favorite quote comes from Alfred D. Souza. He said, “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be worked through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”

    This perspective has helped me to see that there is no road that ends at happiness. Happiness is the dandelion on the side of the road. We should treasure every moment we have and treasure it more if we shared it with someone special, special enough to spend our time with. We need to realize that time waits for no one.

    I’m done waiting. I take big bites of life. There are many things I want to do yet and I will, but not because I need to feel “complete.” I’ve finally realized that I am complete. I am surrounded by wonderful people and I am thankful for that. I have my head on straight and I’m not afraid to admit that I AM satisfied. I no longer think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence because I know grass always turns brown when fall comes.

    Stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you’ve had a drink, until you’ve sobered up, until you die, until you are born again to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy.

    Don’t let the good things pass you by because you focus on the past or the future. We shouldn’t be worried abut what we have to do or have to be satisfied, but rather enjoy what we have now that satisfies us.


  2. Yes, Lindsay’s response has it all.

    Aspiring for the stars is one thing, but we should be happy with the blessings that come our way, and think of those less fortunate who have much, much less.

    Be thankful for what you have, but strive hard to reach higher goals. 🙂


  3. I agree that you have to choose to be satisfied. Maybe when we were just surviving within what nature provided we had not choice but to be satisfied but now that we continue to take more then we give back we can’t find satisfaction because we are unbalanced.


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