I’ve been mulling this how to be content question this morning

We struggled with that since getting onto the DR program. It does sort of wax and wane (sadly, not as predictably as the tides or the moon). But contentment, or lack thereof, does come and go. When it gets particularly bad and we’re suffering from “we don’t have enough-itis”, or “I wanna something-itis”, there are several things we do to try to cheer ourselves up:
1) tally up what we DO have, being as inclusive as we can be. For instance, I’m glad to be alive, I’m glad to be living in this country (despite its issues) as opposed to some foreign country where people don’t have any rights and women are second-class citizens and I’m afraid to drink the water and everyone around me has at least one major communicable disease, etc etc etc. I’m glad we have this farm and our family and our friends and our health and our education and at least a glimmer of hope that our finances are getting better, and a plan for the future that doesn’t involve giving up or giving in.
2) Spend just long enough considering other people’s problems to remind myself that I’m glad I don’t have them. My dad is on kidney dialysis, and probably will be for the rest of his life. My best friend has just finished her third round of chemo. Our beloved neighbor across the street has no “significant other” in her life and has given up ever finding one. We’ve recently learned that my step-brother and his family have been flirting with losing their house off and on for years now, but have no interest in fixing their situation. “It’s just the bad economy” is apparently enough of an excuse to warrant doing nothing. And my beloved farming mentor, who is 89 years old, is barely getting around anymore and is looking down the barrel of his own mortality a lot these days. When I start thinking of our issues, compared to their issues, our issues seem a lot easier to manage.
3) When it’s a particularly bad day, and none of the above is really working, I treat myself to a quiet 15 minutes of doing something that I love – playing the piano, just sitting with one of the dogs out in the field, putting on some favorite piece of music, looking through a favorite book, whatever it takes to bootstrap myself out of the funk I’m in.
4) I believe, but I’m not sure, I have talked here about how I have SAD, and that has only come to light (no pun intended) the last few years. Now I make sure to take my vitamins, and I can “feel” the day I forget or skip them. My temper is shorter, my attention span is shorter, I’m more apt to react harshly to things, take the “cup is half empty” view of things, etc. There is a direct, well documented connection between mood and nutrition in general; SAD is just one example. If I’ve been eating a lot of junk food and I’m feeling snippy or discouraged, that diet plan is the first thing I change.
5) And perhaps the most important thing: When I’m down, I share it here, and y’all help me see that we’re still on track (or how to get BACK on track). When I’m up, I share it here to give other folks some “light at the end of the tunnel”. And I try to help either console or congratulate folks with their own ups and downs. That sharing, at least for me, has been crucial to staying on track.
I hope some of that helps. You’re certainly not alone in having days of “well, PHOOEY!” To use the most polite word possible. Hang in there; it won’t feel like this forever.