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- IUF 1000: What is the Good Life
- Thomson, Brooke
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- Summer 2018 Competition
- My name is Brooke. I am grateful to say that I am a senior at The University of Florida
planning to graduate with a Bachelorâ€™s in Science degree in Microbiology by Spring 2019. And,
for my audio essay, Iâ€™d like to present my belief regarding personal contentment. As
motivational speaker Tony Gaskins stated, â€œTo be content doesnâ€™t mean you donâ€™t desire more, it
means youâ€™re thankful for what you have and patient for whatâ€™s to come.â€ (Meah, 2015).
Personally, I couldnâ€™t agree more. As a result of my past experiences, the life lessons Iâ€™ve
learned so far along my 33-year journey, and the countless obstacles I have overcome in this
thing called â€œlifeâ€, Iâ€™d like to present my belief:
I believe that in order to obtain genuine
contentment, one must live and practice a lifestyle which is characterized by gratitude and
frequent acceptance of lifeâ€™s current circumstances.
- My favorite text we have studied this semester is â€œThis is Waterâ€ by David Foster
Wallace. In this reading, Wallace introduced us to the concept of â€œCapital-T Truthâ€ and the idea
that, â€œyou get to decide how youâ€™re going to see it. You get to consciously decide what has
meaning and what doesnâ€™t.â€ (Wallace, 2005). This concept can be directly applied to my belief
that genuine contentment can be obtained now, in the present moment, regardless of your current
circumstances. I believe that contentment sprouts from seeds of gratitude and daily showers of
acceptance of oneâ€™s present situation. You must ask yourself: would I rather by content now? Or,
would I rather continue to search for contentment in hopes to eventually, hopefully, obtain it
later? The choice is yours, & your alone.
- Fortunately, I have learned this lesson through personal experience. So, I will candidly
share a part of my journey in hopes not to be judged, but rather to share my experience to teach
others: Upon high school graduation, I embarked on my college journey to the University of
Florida. By junior year at UF, I was experiencing serious depression and struggling with alcohol
& drug addiction. Reluctantly, I made the difficult decision to take a medical leave and withdraw
from UF to return home and seek medical attention and drug & alcohol treatment. After spending
nearly 10 years courageously facing & eventually overcoming the biggest obstacle I have ever
faced.... I can thankfully say that I just celebrated 2 years clean from all drugs, alcohol, &
tobacco. Today, my tangible goods are much less than what they once were, but I honestly feel
happier now, with less â€œthingsâ€, than I ever felt before. Today, I am grateful to be happy,
healthy, and free. Today, I am proud of myself and the deeply honored that relatively soon from
now, I will finally be able to say that I am a University of Florida graduate. Today, it
great to be a Gator! Today, I am content where I am, and thankful that I am, me.
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Meah, Asad. â€œ35 Inspirational Quotes on Contentmentâ€. Awaken the Greatness Within Website. 2015.
https://awakenthegrea tnesswithin.com/35-inspirational-quotes-on-contentment/. (accessed 4 August 2018).
Wallace, David F. "This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a
Compassionate Life". http://metastatic.org/text/This%20is%20Water.pdf. 2005 Commencement at Kenyon
College. Kenyan College, Gambier, OH. Speech. (accessed 4 August 2018)
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