Complacency is born of fear. Contentment is born of knowing there is nothing to fear.
There is a difference between contentment and complacency. You can be content while still pursuing more. You can be happy now while working for something you know will bring more joy. If you are complacent you aren’t seeking joy now or in the future. Can you focus on where your gifts are and how they can be celebrated now and cultivated into a fulfilling life? (10 of Cups)
Change comes whether you look for it or not. If you become complacent, it will be forced on you. When change is forced it is often violent and traumatic. It is sudden loss or betrayal. It is anything that shocks you out of complacency. Rather than waiting to be forced to change, look at where you’re taking things for granted or not being fully present. Where are you ambivalent? What at needs to change and how can you direct beneficial change that happens more peacefully? Take a few steps out of your comfort zone and see what’s out there. (The Fool)
Comfort zones start out feeling cozy and safe but as the world grows around you, pushing the walls in, they become stifling and restrictive. All you have to do to let fresh air in is open the door. You don’t have to pack up and leave, you just have to poke your head out and look around. See what else is available to you out there. (4 of Pentacles)
Sometimes all it takes is a little light shown in the shadowy corners to see something differently. And once you see it for what it is, it’s not so scary anymore. What have you been afraid of? What happens when you shine light on those shadows? When you look directly at your fears, are they real? Do they disappear under closer inspection? Let them go so you can grow. (The Sun)