In thinking about what the word contentment means; I thought I would look it up and I found several sources of thought. This one fits the above description of life. "Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have." Unknown Author
Here are a few more quotes on contentment:
"The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith." - George C. Lichtenberg
"My crown is in my heart, not on my head, Nor decked with diamonds and Indian stones, Nor to be seen, My crown is called content: A crown it is, that seldom kings enjoy". - Bertrand Russell
"Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get." - Williams Shakespeare
"Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can call today his own; he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today."
Happiness is part of contentment and then there is those brief but ever so exquisite moments of joy. Rejoice, feel happiness or joy; joy is the emotion of the great happiness. I often say to those I hold dear and others who's friendship I value; enjoy the moments!
I find contentment, happiness, satisfaction and pure joy in the little sweet tender mercies that I receive from my Heavenly Father. Sometimes, it is just loving the home I live in, caring for a neighbor, strengthening a friendship, loving my husband, caring for a child, loving my children, grandchildren, and great granddaughter; looking in the eyes of my ever so beautiful posterity, listening to a child, learning a lesson, creating and enjoying a really good meal, slowly eating a piece of delicious chocolate, being grateful for all the Lord has blessed me with; including all the beauties of nature surrounding me, petting and caring for my sweet dogs, working through a problem, the joy of accomplishment, feeling the spirit when I hear, read or do something that brings me great happiness, watching a good movie, playing the piano, reading a good book, finding an answer in the scriptures, serving in the temple, feeling at peace with who I am and what I want to be, receiving forgiveness and sincerely forgiving another, moments of prayer, being wrapped in the warmth of my testimony of Jesus Christ, finding peace and faith in my adversity, knowing that I am a Daughter of God, and finally knowing and feeling the peace and comfort of the spirit to my soul no matter what the situation might be.
I have found that although every moment of life is not pleasant, or joyful and content; one can choose to be happy at any given moment.
Learn to Like - by Robert Service
School yourself to savor most
Joy that have but little cost;
Prove the best of life is free,
Sun and Stars and sky and sea;
Eager in your eyes to please,
Proffer meadows, brooks and trees;
Nature strives for your content,
Never charging you a cent.
Learn to love a garden gay,
Flowers and fruit in rich array.
Care for dogs and singing birds,
Have for children cheery words.
Find plain food and comfort are
More than luxury by far.
Music, books and honest friends
Outweigh golden dividends.
Love your work and do it well,
Scorning not a leisure spell.
Hold the truest form of wealth
Body fit and ruddy health.
Let your smile of happiness
Rustic peace serenely stress;
Home to love and heart to pray
Thank your God for everyday.
Just for this minute, hour, or day I will be content with just this moment of time.