― Dedrick Pitter
While some people are too ambitious to ever be content and happy with what they have, others tend to easily find satisfaction in whatever little they have. Contentment is good, complacency is not. What is the difference between the two?
Content people are at peace with themselves, whereas complacent ones are self-satisfied and unconcerned. Since both the terms are very similar, it does become a little difficult to distinguish between the two.
First let’s understand what each means, and then you can take a small quiz to figure out if you are content or complacent.
Contentment comes from satisfaction, gratitude, and acceptance. A content person will continue striving hard to achieve more, but will be grateful for what he has. He won’t do things just to prove something to someone. It is important to understand that, just because someone’s content with their career or relationship, does not mean he does not want more.
Complacency comes from laziness, lack of ambition, and false satisfaction. A complacent person will turn a blind eye to all the troubles, and act as if everything is perfectly all right. He will keep waiting for things to happen rather than making them happen.
It is important to understand that every person’s definition of success and happiness is different. What may look like complacency to me, could be contentment for you. Only you can decide if you are truly content.