Seeking Contentment During Difficult Times

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“We’re aging mortals and our time on this planet is preciously short. We are most content when we have gratitude for what is, rather than frustration for what could be—when we have gratitude for what we believe, rather than frustration for what others believe. When we are grateful, we are less anguished. Gratitude, not money, is the source of contentment.”

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“No matter how severe the setback for your family during these difficult economic times, there will be a new opportunity created that offers a way out—a new beginning,” says Wallace.

Doug Wallace, author of the award winning memoir, Everything Will Be All Right, and the sole founder of his new foundation, “S-KURVE,” (Saving Kids Underperforming by Reinforcing Values Everyday), lived in abject poverty for the first twenty-five years of his life. He wants to help the suffering, the disenfranchised, and those who live in the shadows, on the verge of giving up---those whose voices are unheard by mainstream society. Doug Wallace, (http://dougwallace.net/blog/?p=2869,) understands what it is like to live in abject poverty. As the author of the award winning memoir, Everything Will Be All Right (http://tinyurl.com/2d7bjr9 , Doug tells the heartbreaking story of surviving poverty under the worst of conditions, throughout his childhood and adolescent years. Today, Doug is a retired multi-millionaire and he has some advice for those who are seeking contentment during these difficult times.

Says Wallace, “We’re aging mortals, and our time on this planet is preciously short.” He adds, “We are most content when we have gratitude for what is, rather than frustration for what could be—when we have gratitude for what we believe, rather than frustration for what others believe. When we are grateful, we are less anguished. Gratitude, not money, is the source of contentment.”

Wallace makes the point that for thousands of years people have used the word “Amen.” The early Egyptian people regarded the Sun as the emblem of the Creator. They called the Sun, "Ra.”

Some people believe the word Amen came from the vocabulary of the early worshipers of Ra. What we do know is that the word “Amen” has been around for thousands of years. And, when people of different faiths today use the word “Amen,” they do not invoke any God or any power just by saying that word. But the word Amen, as used for the past few thousand years, is a part of the language used in communicating with our Higher Power.

When we use the word Amen it is an integral part of the acknowledgment that there is something impossible and magical about the way our world functions.” For example, we wouldn’t say “thank you” at the end of our prayers because that wouldn’t be powerful enough. People of all faith use the word “Amen” as an expression of gratitude. The words Amen, thank you, magnificent, or bravo, are incomprehensible in the magnitude of their graciousness. Amen, like prayer, is a form of gratitude.

As a child growing up in poverty, Doug says, “I kept telling myself, don’t be afraid, and don’t be daunted. Just do your job, whatever it is. Continue to show up for your piece of it, whatever that might be”.

“No matter how severe the setback for your family during these difficult economic times, there will be a new opportunity created that offers a way out—a new beginning,” says Wallace. The secret is to keep showing up to do your part–grateful for the opportunity to apply for a new job, or going back to school to gain new skills, or starting all over with an eager determination to bounce back. “I was dirt poor, but I didn’t wallow in my suffering. I held on to hope—that the next job would be better than the last---I was grateful for the courage to have the opportunity to keep trying, no matter what.”

Wallace adds, "It was written thousands of years ago that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint. Whenever we hold on to hope, we will always find the bounce from a setback..

As a young boy, Wallace writes in his memoir, that when he dropped out of high school, he realized that he had to take any job that was offered. He worked as a janitor in factories, as a parking valet at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN, and as a truck driver for a meat packing plant. Says Wallace, “Look, don’t let this economy get you down. Sure things are tough right now. But, read my book. Look at what I had to do to survive. If I can make it out, anyone can.

"If your job is to be a mechanic, then be a grateful mechanic. If your job is to be janitor, then be a grateful janitor. If the Divine Angel assigned to your case reaches out to allow some sort of wonderment to be glimpsed through your hard efforts, then Amen to you. But, if not, then Amen to you anyhow for showing up to do your part–for giving it your very best effort during these worst of times.”

So what is Wallace’s advice to the impoverished and the suffering? “Be grateful for life itself, and discard the bitterness, jealously and hatred whenever life deals you a bad deck of cards.” Amen to you for having the sheer human love and the inner beauty and greatness of being you. Amen to you for having the determination and stubbornness to never give up. Just keep showing up to do your part of it every day, to do your piece that is expected of you, whatever that is.

Amen, thank you, magnificent, and bravo for having the, incomprehensible joy of being grateful, even when things seem to be at their worst. That’s how you find contentment,” says Wallace. “Money will not buy you contentment, but gratitude and perseverance will. So never, ever give up, and don’t allow any person, or any situation, or any encounter to have the power to take away your gratitude for being the wonderful human being that you are."

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