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  1. Elle

    The extraordinary in ordinary.

    9 months ago
  2. Mary Pat

    It really depends on what we are talking about. To be content with what we have in the moment is I think what you mean, but to not be content and not want change, which is life itself, is important for growth. There are people who bemoan the fact of change in our society, but to leave some things as they are is death itself, like the attitude of racial diversity. We do want something more, something better and different there! We do want science to continue to seek something more, something better and different, especially when we are talking about the pandemic, or climate change.
    Our wood flooring has been losing it’s finish for 2 years, but because of the pandemic we have not been able to replace it. Maybe this summer we can. We are looking to do it in the summer because of open windows and such. That is indeed something more, better, and hopefully different.
    In alot of areas of life, I think you stop growing when you stop seeking.

    10 months ago
    1. Javier Visionquest

      Stagnation was my initial response to this writing prompt.

      10 months ago
  3. w
    wanja

    Contentment

    10 months ago
  4. Malag

    That’s it. I’ve got to stop seeking not to seek
    😁.

    10 months ago
  5. Javier Visionquest

    There exists a term in the Algonquin language, one or another variation of “wetigo” which describes a sort of cannibalistic spirit that possesses an individual, not in the literal flesh eating sense but rather the idea of consuming others – human and material – as a means to acquire personal security and wealth. The idea of wetigo became particularly relevant as the First Nations came up against the insatiable appetites of European settlers to conquer and control. This mental virus or parasitic meme is very real and still active in modern populations of people referred to as “consumers”.

    10 months ago
  6. d
    db82258

    Perpetual quietness of the heart

    10 months ago
  7. Hot Sauce

    When I stop seeking something more, better, or different when it comes to material goods, I find myself free from unnecessary clutter.

    10 months ago
  8. O.Christina

    Breathing out. A stand still of inner movement and embracing in gratitude what is.

    10 months ago
  9. Elaine

    Contentment, equanimity, happiness.

    Thanks for the question; I was sliding into FOMO despondency, what happens when I focus on the what isn’t instead of the what is.

    10 months ago
    1. Javier Visionquest

      JOMO!

      10 months ago
      1. Elaine

        Right on Javier!

        10 months ago
  10. Don Jones

    The direct experience of “what is”. All of it. The folly of more, better or different becomes apparent.

    10 months ago
  11. Linda

    I love this question. As Americans, we are taught to always strive for more. It is refreshing to think about not doing that, and instead, just be in the moment, with gratitude.

    10 months ago
  12. L
    Lauryn

    My mind tells me that I’ll become complacent. But that’s not really what happens…..rather feeling grateful, content, happy… you stop comparing yourself to others.

    10 months ago
  13. Mica

    ‘Haven’t really been there

    10 months ago
  14. Holly in Ohio

    The serenity prayer comes to mind with this question, because “what happens” depends on the circumstance.I try to stop seeking something more from the past, from others (in most circumstances), even from myself in some circumstances. It is an important virtue to be able to let go and accept.But there are other matters when I think it important not to stop seeking something more, better, or different. I hope I never stop seeking equality and food justice for all people, for instance. I expect something more of our government leaders. I seek patterns in society that will not create climate change or destroy our natural resources. I seek to better myself with more love and compassion for others, more patience for some. I don’t think I should stop seeking these things. Too many people give up expecting something more.

    10 months ago
  15. sunnypatti48317

    Contentment, acceptance, gratitude for the now.

    10 months ago
  16. Patricia

    The question itself implies dissatisfaction with what is. So when I stop being dissatisfied, I can come to terms (and a renewed satisfaction) with what IS.

    10 months ago
  17. Layla

    To seek “more, better or different” implies that I already have what I need, but it still doesn’t feel like enough. It comes from a feeling of scarcity and lack, rather than abundance. For me, giving up the search for more means shifting my focus from accumulation to appreciation and gratitude.

    10 months ago
  18. Laura

    Calm, spaciousness, contentment. I realize how extraordinary the ordinary can be.

    10 months ago
  19. Nelson

    I feel relaxed.

    10 months ago
  20. Butterfly

    I feel content.
    On the other hand, if we didn’t seek to make things better we wouldn’t have the advances in science, medicine, etc that we have now and need to develop for the future wellbeing of the planet.

    10 months ago
  21. Maurice Frank

    I feel less anxiety and more calm. Then I wonder how to let go of what I have that I don’t truly need. So much more!

    10 months ago
  22. Marnie Jackson

    There is always a question that makes me pause – not because I don’t know the answer – but because it applies to my life so potently that I have to breathe through the “aha” moment. What happens when we stop seeking more, better, different – well, we give ourselves time to appreciate what we have.

    10 months ago
  23. EJP

    You settle…. accepting what is and what will forever be.

    10 months ago
    1. Mica

      You and me both, EJP – it’s good to keep searching 🙂

      10 months ago
  24. H
    Himanshu pratap singh rajawat

    all these are basically attributed to change, and change is life, without change we are dead, so without seeking more, better and different part of us is basically dead.

    10 months ago
    1. Mica

      You, me, and EJP – it’s good to keep searching 🙂

      10 months ago
  25. Michele

    I guess it depends on the situation. I’m replacing my rugs with laminate flooring and I can’t wait!! If I didn’t seek that I would be stuck with the same crappy carpet, lol.

    10 months ago
    1. Mica

      Dear Michele – enjoy your new flooring 🙂

      10 months ago
      1. Michele

        Thank you Mica! I am having it done next week- it’s long overdue. Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly.

        10 months ago
        1. Mica

          Ok, Michele – I crossed my fingers, but I had to uncross them to reply to you 🙂
          My rug cleanings tend to be long overdue, and I like to do as little ‘remodeling’ as possible – except for my under-sink hot water heater last year.. being on the 4th floor, my water was quite slow to become hot.
          Your crappy carpet reminds me of the drab green indoor/outdoor carpet in the first home I owned – the guy over the back fence, with the same floor plan, said, ‘Weren’t you glad to get rid of that awful carpet?’ – but we still had ours 🙂

          10 months ago
  26. Kevin

    Interesting question, because with Covid having ruled our lives over the past two years, many of us are living through this question every day, drip by drip, from little moments unfulfilled, to celebrations changed or cancelled altogether. The pandemic has brought into sharper focus the simpler, every day things that we need in order to thrive and live our lives complete.

    10 months ago
  27. P
    Pasu14312

    You make do your way with what you already have. You also understand that there are more opportunities than the one you think was the better that you were seeking.

    10 months ago
  28. Hermann-Josef

    I am aware of some inner contentment. This to me is even more than sensual or emotional happines. It gives more clearness, makes me wider and more peacefull

    10 months ago
  29. Antoinette

    Then you let go of expecting and the minds that are all about wanting, grasping, desires and craving. When we let go of those types of minds we become free and are one with truth. We are in the flow when we accept and let go.

    10 months ago
    1. Hermann-Josef

      By letting go, we become more free. I like that very much and i need to practice it . Thank you Antoinette

      10 months ago

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