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Contentment by Joseph Edward Southall, 1861-1944

Copied from J. Ruth Gendler’s book The Book of Qualities (I love Gendler’s unique way of looking at and describing Life).

Contentment has learned how to find out what she needs to know.  Last year she went on a major housecleaning spree.  First, she stood on her head until all the extra facts fell out.  Then, she discarded about half her house.  Now, she knows where every thing comes from — who dyed the yarn dark green and who wove the rug and who built the loom, who made the willow chair, who planted the apricot trees.  She made the turquoise mugs herself with clay she found in the hills beyond her house.

When Contentment is sad, she takes a mud bath or goes to the mountains until her lungs are clear.  When she walks through an unfamiliar neighborhood, she always makes friends with the local cats.