“I am easily satisfied”
What a beautiful statement for a human being, such a person must be very happy.
This week I witnessed someone seemingly unhappy at work; a man with a “never satisfied attitude”. The background to this encounter was that he was a reviewer at a meeting, a senior figure from a major educational institution, he was highly opinionated, judgmental and above all rarely satisfied. Witnessing him in action was enlightening for me, he frowned, he criticised, he reveled in being the bad guy and to an outside observer he seemed quite wretched. Although, I think he was actually enjoying himself in some sadistic manner, furthermore I believe he felt virtuous in executing his duty as judge.
So my question from this was:
‘why does western society, specifically the business environment, value people that are never satisfied?’
Why is it wrong to feel satisfied? Look at what it means to be satisfied, it means being content, fulfilled, appeased. All of these are lovely states of mind in which to dwell. Conversely, unsatisfied is to be unfulfilled, unhappy, discontent. Surely not a pleasant state.
Why then does society value people that are not fulfilled, people that are not satisfied. I am sure we have all heard a person praised for having the ‘never satisfied’ mentality, those driven people, business leaders, winners, perfectionists who by definition must be unhappy. This world seems so backward in its thinking, a world where being satisfied, content and happy is not required but instead people who are unsatisfied, driven and basically unhappy are praised as having strong character.
Be content instead
Give me happiness and contentment anytime. Give me a world where someone comes into a working environment and says, ‘that’s lovely, everything is fine’. Let’s face it though, you are not going to get far in business if you go around telling people how easily satisfied you are. See how fast you can fail a job interview with a statement like “yes, I am easily content at work, I am satisfied quite easily”.
Doesn’t that seem odd though? Almost wrong? Why is contentment just not valued? furthermore, almost seen as bad. Our society is so geared towards criticism and dissatisfaction, it’s no wonder mental health problems are rising. Regardless, I choose to be easily satisfied in my life, I choose to be happy and content.