I’m slowly learning that satisfaction is not so much an outcome, but, rather a mindset.
It’s very hard for me to be satisfied. When I’m dissatisfied, I'm shorter with my wife, family, and friends. I’m more inward focused, more prone to selfishness than selflessness, all because I’m absorbed with chasing satisfaction.
When I slow down, however, and survey my life, it doesn’t take long for me to realize how incredible it is. I lack for nothing. I am surrounded by people who love me. I wake up every day excited to go to work.
So why do I spend most days chasing satisfaction? Answer: I place too much importance on the future bliss of later outcomes at later dates. Walt Whitman sums it up well, "Happiness, not in another place but this place...not for another hour, but this hour."
Satisfaction has to become a mindset for me. It has to become how I feel in the morning, noon and night.
It's as true today as it was in the mid-nineteenth century when Abraham Lincoln said, “We are as happy as we decide to be.” We're also as satisfied as we determine to be.