Satisfied Vs Settling: Same Or Different?

A New Thing…

satisfiedSince the start of the year, there has been a couple of changes on this blog, ones that I hope you are enjoying. Change is something that is completely embraced by me. In fact, I become quite restless when things become routine – whether that is in a job, a relationship, my weekly menu and even in my conversations and interaction with friends. Satisfied I am not with “sameness,” loving to be challenged, having something to learn and gaining new skills.

Over the past six months of relocating to WordPress, Tuesdays have been the day that our posts have been more focussed on wellness-related issues. You will continue to see that in our posts but not necessarily reading it. What do I mean by that? As of today, the Tuesday Thought© videos that were solely posted on my Facebook page up to this point will now be shared here as well. These videos are grounded in my cultural heritage which is Jamaican. I share 3-5 minutes of “wisdom,” arising out of a Jamaica proverb or saying.

Am I Satisfied or Have I Settled?

Today’s Tuesday Thought© is on the topic of being Satisfied versus Settling. In a few minutes, I am asking the question whether there is a differences between the two and whether you recognize, understand and are living the differences, if any, in a practical sense.

satisfied“If you can’t get turkey you must satisfy wid John Crow,” is the proverb discussed in the video and it translates in standard English: “If You cannot get a turkey, you must be satisfied with John Crow.” Most of you know what a turkey looks like but I am betting that a John Crow, as we call them in Jamaica, might not be as  familiar – at least not by that name. A John Crow is basically a vulture – a bird that eats the carcasses of other animals and not one that you would even consider adorning your table at Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other time of the year!

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So are Jamaicans that crazy to be suggesting you be satisfied with a John Crow, settle for one, if you cannot get/afford a turkey?

Watch the video for the explanation:

Hope you enjoyed that and got something from it. You can view other Tuesday Thought© videos on my Facebook page. Do subscribe and join this community to receive other tips, suggestions and Weekday Wisdom right in your inbox. You will also receive my monthly newsletter that includes an affirmation poster.

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Claudette P. Esterine


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58 thoughts on “Satisfied Vs Settling: Same Or Different?

  1. […] know whether in certain circumstances it is okay to settle on being satisfied. Check out that post here and notice the difference between the examples shared then and today’s conversation about […]

  2. Emily Rose

    Awesome post! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcomed and thank you for visiting! 🙂

  3. Settling and satisfied are very different. If you´re settling you will be unhappy with where you are and what you have. If you´re satisfied, you are happy with where you are and what you have. It´s bad to settle, but good to be satisfied.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are absolutely right! 🙂

  4. lexie lane

    Nice post but I don’t want to settle.

    1. Ms Claudette

      And you ought not Lexie! 🙂

  5. […] last week, Tuesday Thought with Claudette began posting here as well as on my Facebook page. It is a 3-5 minute video that highlights and explains a Jamaican […]

  6. It’s hard to wait for things, but settling is just not worth it. I would rather wait for something better.

  7. So different! I don’t want to settle.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I can fully understand that! 🙂

  8. I don’t want to settle.. i love changes

    1. Ms Claudette

      Welcome to the club! 🙂

  9. I think it depends on the situation. I for one don’t really like to settle. But I know I have to be realistic. lol I can be a brat and if I can’t get the turkey and my only other option is a John Crow then I will have neither!

    1. Ms Claudette

      And there are times when “nothing,” is the best choice! Thanks for that Marielle! 🙂

  10. First off, I wish I could be more like you! I am not okay with any sorts of change, even when they are good they scare me!

    Second, I think settling and being satisfied are different but they can overlap – especially if it’s regarding something I don’t have a large stake in. Do I want spaghetti for dinner? Not necessarily but I do want dinner, so I’ll be happy with it. But I’m obviously not going to settle for a sub-par relationship with someone because I would rather have one than not. 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      I agree with you Shaylee that they can overlap and it is in that intricacy that we have to be mindful that we are not selling ourselves out. Thanks for your wonderful comment. 🙂

  11. Not close at all. I’m satisfied with my family. I settle for a few hours less of sleep if my kids wake up at night. Lol

    1. Ms Claudette

      Too funny but I feel you, Jonathan! 🙂

  12. Sometimes you just have no choice so you deal. But when you do have a choice then you go for the erm, turkey?

  13. Settling just ends up making you miserable at some point. I am not about that!

  14. I love the video and how you explained it. I won’t settle. You are adorable Claudette!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Awww…thank you! 🙂

  15. dltolley

    What you think, that you are! I won’t settle!
    P.S. Lovely to hear your beautiful voice!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Awww…thank you Diane! 🙂

  16. These are definitely two different concepts. Settling never leaves you satisfied.

  17. I want something new for myself that will challenge me a woman, a Mom and a logger as well.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Look to what you are passionate about – then follow that. 🙂 What makes your heart sings?

  18. I think I’m settle, I don’t want changes.

    1. Ms Claudette

      If that way is working for you, don’t change it, pun intended! 🙂

  19. Satisfied and settling are different, I’m the same way with changes.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thanks for that Nicole and the visit! 🙂

  20. I guess I tend to fall into the middle. I don’t like change but I try not to settle either. So I guess if the change is something that is going to make me happy in the long run I will take that path.

    1. Ms Claudette

      And that is a most excellent approach Amber! 🙂 Thanks for the visit! 🙂

  21. I am settled – I am a rigid person and I still to my routine. I am most comfortable with no change! ☺

    1. Ms Claudette

      To each her own – your life, your style and no one but you can determine if and when you will adjust. Thanks for sharing your perspective. 🙂

  22. Me again…the two are as different as night is to day….

  23. I am not even going to go there with a soul when it comes to this. There are some things that I say hell no to…and I am not taking it back. I will not settle for just about any man (as we discussed yesterday…lol). There are a couple of other things that I am not going to settle for. There are some things that you should never settle for because in the end you will be most miserable and life is way too short for that..

    1. Ms Claudette

      Way, way too short! 🙂 I don’t even settle for a bad meal. If I cook something and it is not too great – out it goes. 🙂

      1. Aaaaaaaaaamen throw the whole thing out without batting an eyelid….

        1. Ms Claudette

          🙂 Too funny!

  24. I’m not familiar with that proverb, but the meaning behind it rings true.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, there is truth to it in a deep way but as I said in the video, the “satisfy” it suggest could also be interpreted to mean “settling,” and that is where it is hard to agree with it. Thanks for the visit! 🙂

  25. Elizabeth O.

    Change is always good and it’s something that brings new experiences and lessons to our lives. Satisfaction and settling can never be the same of course, the feelings each of these give are completely different.

    1. Ms Claudette

      So right, Elizabeth! Thanks for sharing that perspective. 🙂

  26. Because... I'm cheap

    I’d never heard that proverb before, but I really like it. I definitely don’t want to settle for vulture!

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am glad to have introduced it to you! 🙂 No one wants a “vulture!” 🙂

  27. Good way to look at this. I think I settle to often.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Well, it would be up to you to be more satisfied than settled – your timing and you will know if and when you want to change some or all areas that you settle in. 🙂

  28. I am all about embracing change and well done on your video!

    1. Ms Claudette

      And well done to you on embracing change! 🙂

  29. I believe they are completely different and not nearly in the same ball park.

    1. Ms Claudette

      That seems to be the overriding view, AnnMarie! 🙂 Thanks for the visit! 🙂

  30. I’m the same way with change, I embrace it with open arms every day!

    1. Ms Claudette

      We are kindred spirits with that then because I do the same. 🙂

  31. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    They are 100% different. Not even close.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thanks for your perspective. 🙂

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