What is Contentment?

Yesterday morning, while I was eating breakfast and watching the Wimbledon tennis tournament, my wife was busy doling out catnip to our two calicos, Cassie and Callie.

Stoned again!

Stoned again!

First, Becky sprinkled some on the kitchen floor next to each feline, and after each had gobbled her share, she spread a bit more on the dining room carpet. With swishing tails and twitching whiskers, both cats immediately rushed over and greedily licked up the intoxicating morsels, watching each other warily lest one get any of the other’s allotted share.  Once they had consumed the catnip, they lay on their sides like furry zombies—they were sated, content.

Wasted and loving it!

Wasted and loving it!

For me, the same degree of contentment can be achieved on a trout stream.  All the elements of nature—the balmy air, the gently flowing water, the emerging may flies, the slurping trout—combine to mesmerize and calm me, leaving me totally at ease.  I’ve been fly fishing for over forty years, and in all that time, nothing quite matches the level of contentment I find in that endeavor.

At peace on the river

At peace on the river

What brings you nirvana, that state of awareness where nothing can disturb you, when you’re totally content?  Is it working in your garden, or curling up with a good book?  Is there a special activity that provides you with that inner peace so necessary for survival in today’s complex and compelling world?  Won’t you share your thoughts with the readers?   Perhaps you have a secret way of finding contentment that will inspire others.  We’d love to know.

NOTE: Joe Perrone Jr is the author of the highly-successful Matt Davis Mystery Series: As the Twig is Bent, Opening Day (a 2012 Indie B.R.A.G. medallion winner), Twice Bitten, and Broken Promises.  All four are available in paperback and E-book from Amazon.com.  As the Twig is Bent and Opening Day are also in audiobook from Audible.com, with Twice Bitten and Broken Promises currently in production.  If humor is your cup of tea, consider Joe’s rip-roaring, coming-of-age novel, Escaping Innocence: A Story of Awakening, set in the tumultuous Sixties.  It, too, is available in print, E-book, and audio book editions.

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About AuthorJoePerroneJr

I am a former professional fly-fishing guide, and I write the Matt Davis Mystery Series, which presently consists of four books: As the Twig is Bent, Opening Day, Twice Bitten, and Broken Promises. The series is set in the real town of Roscoe, NY, in the Catskill Mountains, where I guided for ten years. I love fly fishing, movies, cooking (and eating), and music. To learn more about me and my writing, please visit my website at: http://www.joeperronejr.com.
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