The 41st day of practicing contentment – There are a few other c words needed when talking about contentment. One is courage–I find that I get overwhelmed when I think about charging head-on into tackling some of the chores around here. I was determined to get up early, do a lot of sweeping and dusting, prep some food for next week and pirouette on toward Monday. I swam in the shallow end of this goal pool today. Kind of cleaned, sort of got things ready for next week. And that’s because I chose a compromise. There’s accomplishment in having a tidy house and being prepped for the week ahead, but I think it’s more important to be in the moment if you can. I went with a friend to a local animal shelter and was able to watch her be more happy than I have seen her in ages. Her dog used to go with her every day to the office, on errands, and home to offer canine opinions on what movie to watch that evening. About a year ago her dog passed away and today she filled the dog-shaped hole in her heart. I got to watch. It looked a lot like that time lapse photography they use to show flowers blooming in the desert. I wouldn’t trade that moment of dog-finds-woman/woman-finds-dog for all of the dust-free coffee tables I will ever own. These are steps in the journey–finding the courage to create the continuity between compromise and…I’m searching for another great c word but it’s late and I am kind of tired. Luckily, I have Winston Churchill to fall back on: Success is not final. Failure is not final. It is the courage to continue that counts.