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Content, is King

In today's world you'll often hear the phrase, "Content is King." Content in this form speaks of material used to communicate a message, marketing so to speak. While it is true that relevant content is beneficial, this is not the version of the word content that we're using today.

You can thank our tricky English language for all of the homographs we have. What's worse? Homographs that are also heteronyms - words that are spelled alike, with different meanings, and also (as if that wasn't enough) pronounced differently. It's funny which items we retain from middle school English. Apparently I actually would use it later in life - like today, as I'm writing about being content.

In its alternate meaning, content also represents a certain level of satisfaction and/or happiness. Using this definition of Content, the phrase takes on an entirely different meaning; being content is King.

In case you hadn't guessed it yet, Content is the Week 36 theme for our #Go52 Challenge...

#Go52 Week 36 - Content

So why is being content, King? If I am satisfied, if I am happy, I find myself appreciative of all that is around me. This doesn't mean that I'm not working towards whatever might come next. Maybe being content in where I currently am gives me the freedom to dream bigger dreams. Maybe in appreciating the struggle for helping me find solutions, I can create something that helps others as well. Maybe in being content, I open myself to more than just that, "one more thing" that I think will help me feel satisfied or happy; leading to more opportunities, more flexibility, more range of movement.

Think in terms of chess. While all other pieces are limited in their directional movement, the King has the freedom to move in any direction it needs to go. Essentially in finding contentment, you become the King of your chess board. Content, is King.

Here's my #Go52 Illustration - a combination of computer and (a cropped) hand drawn illustration done by yours truly. Don't judge me. I'm content with it!

"Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you." Illustration by C. L. Fails

What does being content look or feel like to you? Illustrate it. Share it. Tag it. #Go52

BONUS (because you kept scrolling): Here's the entire illustration...

Illustration by C. L. Fails, Content is King

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