This happens with most of us. Either we live in the irrevocable past or the unseen future. May be this is Satisfaction then…. this living in the PRESENT!!! To be aware of the sounds and smells and hues and touch and people and animals and birds and trees and flowers and the Sun and the Moon around us. May be this living in the present gives us satisfaction. Many confuse this state with Happiness. Happiness gives us a pleasant feeling. I might like to eat something, be with my loved ones, achieve something, buy/sell something. This might make me happy. But Satisfaction to be alive, doing my part in the system, looking forward to a glorious future, can be quite fulfilling in its own way.
Many things can give us satisfaction. Being first in the priority list of some person or in some organisational setup. People might be looking upto you for directions or as mentors. Even though there is no immediate event to be happy about; this is very fulfilling, this recognition that one gets in any work environment. People can get satisfaction when they are successful in striking a balance between all important things in life: work, home, creative urge and society. In this case, you have your fingers in every pie! You are a multi-tasker, a person balancing wonderfully on the rope tied to life!
There is another state of satisfaction, of having nothing. Neither any regrets nor the apprehension of losing something or some one. May be, the chance to start all over again in any enterprise, must be very satisfying. Very few people would get this chance once they have travelled a particular path….. to go back and start all over again. One would avoid making mistakes this second time. Rather this second chance would make the person more alert to the things he or she would go on achieving. They would relish their own successes and take into stride their own failures.
There is something called ‘a real honest poverty’ of not being ashamed of oneself – accepting the limitations, weaknesses and moving forward. The mediocre people are happy where they are. They had not expected to be there in the first place! This poverty of qualities, once acknowledged by the Self, generates a soothing feeling. One would then be kind to oneself instead of the reproaches and anxiety. This would definitely breed satisfaction. In the same way, one can practice the art of not shaming the other for their weakness. Rather we can tell them what they have instead of focusing on what they lack. The perspective would suddenly change then.
Some others might get a ‘quiet satisfaction’. They might achieve completeness in looking inward. When the famous Russian-American philosopher writer Ayn Rand was asked how she felt about the fact that one of her books ‘The Fountainhead’ had been in print for 25 years, she replied she felt a ‘quiet satisfaction’ that there were readers who demanded the book. She was naturally talking of the universal element in her writing. She felt her philosophy of ‘objectivism’ was accepted and appreciated by many, not that it mattered much to her. She had a great Conviction in herself and the book when it was written. And that she was proved right that the others would also follow. There was satisfaction of the ego but more than that it was of the fact that the work and the philosophy would live on even after her death.
Readers, can you enlist the other ‘satisfactions’ that we can experience? Can you help me complete the list with your wisdom and experiences? If so, please feel free to communicate on this forum. Let us grow together and be satisfied!