To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness. (From a Norman Rockwell painting)

At first reading, that doesn’t sound right, does it? Most people seem unable to be happy unless they have what they want—and when they want it. The more we have the happier we should be, the world tells us. But we only have to look around us to see that having more doesn’t guarantee happiness. Learning to do with less is a great step toward a sense of contentment.

I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.  . . .  I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with . . . plenty or little. (Philippians 4:11-12)