There is a certain appeal to having a “satisfying” life. Everything has worked out pretty well. No major crisis’ nor calamities have struck you down. You are, more or less, …happy.
That can be the most dangerous place for a person to be. When we are satisfied, our creative juices stop flowing, our drive for doing better is diminished, our self-awareness is on hiatus. Satisfaction prevents us from moving forward with determination and purpose and power. Satisfaction maintains the status quo.
That is not to say that we should never be content with our lives. It means that we should never allow contentment to placate us into believing forward progress is no longer necessary. Life never stays the same for very long. Whatever is, most certainly will change in the near future. Be content but never be satisfied. Enjoy the life you are living, but never give in to the impression that you can sit back and retire on that. You’ll find that your satisfying savings become quickly inadequate for continual contentment.