Like everything in life, there is a positive and a negative. Feeling discontent can result in a positive or it can be negative. Wilhelmina Stitch has expressed both emotions in her poem, Two Kinds of Discontent.
Which do you have?
In the first stanza you will find are you discontented due to your ambition? Aspiring to do better is a good thing. Discontentment can help push us forward to achieve our dreams and goals.
The second stanza talks about grumbling and self-pity. This type of discontentment does anyone no good. It truly is a waste of time as it resolves nothing.
And the third stanza summarizes the Poet's thoughts that discontent can be a good thing or it can be bad. It can make you happy or make you depressed.
Be encouraged and reflect upon your life and how you use discontentment!
Discontented! Want to climb?
Must be moving all the time?
Splendid! Keep it up, my boy;
To aspire is keenest joy.
That's the hill you scaled last week,
Now there is a higher peak.
Discontent like this is fine;
Someone praised it as divine.
Discontented? Cannot work,
Have desire to sulk and shirk?
Meet a friend, have to mumble,
Giving him your latest grumble?
Have to drown yourself in pity;
Life's a sad and doleful ditty.
Precious minutes are misspent
By this type of discontent.
Discontent can make or mar,
Hinder you or take you far;
Make you joyous or depressed,
Increase your strength or kill your zest.
Just depends if it's divine or
Just a cowardly, puling whine.
"To aspire is keenest joy."
Aspiring to be more because you are not happy with where you are is a good thing; it can motivate you to move forward.
"That's the hill you scaled last week, now there is a higher peak."
When we reach one goal, there is often another goal requiring more work that you can now achieve.
"Life's a sad and doleful ditty. Precious minutes are misspent by this type of discontent."
Whining and grumbling to others about how unhappy you are accomplishes nothing. It wastes your time and wastes the time of the person you are grumbling too. Also, you will notice that people do not want to be around those who complain and moan, they are truly a downer. So, use your time to take action rather than complaining about your discontent.
"Discontent can make or mar, hinder you or take you far"
You can let your discontent make or break you! In the end it is all how
you look at things and what you do.