Satisfaction Guaranteed!

Consumers love to hear that phrase – Satisfaction Guaranteed!  Who doesn’t want to purchase a product when that is stamped on the box?  Why?  We KNOW we will get what we want from it…the manufacturer is making that promise.  Our satisfaction is their priority.  Now, look at most warranties.  In reality, what they mean is Temporary Satisfaction Guaranteed!  That’s all they really promise, and, rightfully, that’s all we expect from it.  What’s my point?

Consider this personal example…
I just bought a juicing machine, which has a 10-year warranty (another way of saying temporary or 10-yr satisfaction guaranteed).  That is quite a reasonable guarantee from my perspective.  They are guaranteeing that:
-The equipment is sturdy enough to do what it was designed to do for up to 10 years or they will fix it. 
-I can expect to be satisfied by the operation of the machine for up to 10 years. 
-My
temporary satisfaction is guaranteed.

Now, imagine that I open the box, set up the machine and proceed to grind steak in it.  I break the machine and then call the manufacturer and demand a replacement part because my juicer wouldn’t do its job.  Upon further explanation, they would probably call me crazy (or at least think it) and rightfully blame me for mis-using the machine.  I imagine they would be under no obligation to guarantee my satisfaction because I could not guarantee accurate usage of the machine.   

So, I’ve misunderstood and misused the product.  OK.  Now what do I do?  Correct my perspective? Take responsibility? Nope.  I complain about it, sulk in disappointment and look for an alternative because clearly that machine wasn’t worthy of my needs and expectations.

What happens when this is our life and not a juicer and applies to people and circumstances not appliances and gadgets?  Do people and circumstances offer “Satisfaction Guaranteed” stamps?  And, further, once we get what we want, are we really satisfied?

Just look at headlines.  What do they reveal about our current state as humans? 

As a group of people we are:
1) Not satisfied with our current spouse or significant other.
2)
Not satisfied with our appearance or talents (compared to others).
3)
Not satisfied with how we are treated by people (then blame others rather than lead by example).
4)
Not satisfied with our justice system.
5)
Not satisfied with our Constitution.
6)
Not satisfied with our job – position or ranking.
7)
Not satisfied with our work load – want more OR less.
8)
Not satisfied with our boss and/or co-workers.
9)
Not satisfied with what’s in our bank account.
10)
Not satisfied with our gadgets (we need the latest and greatest or need to at least have what our neighbor does).
11)
Not satisfied with “complainers” we have to interact with (so we complain about them).
12)
Not satisfied with our quality of or amount of sleep.
13)
Not satisfied with the level of violence around us.
14) Not satisfied with the current sports team we’re rooting for unless they are winning (and guess what, they can’t ALL win ALL the time)
15)
Not satisfied with what we’ve achieved in life by mid-way thru (mid-life crisis).

I could go on and on and you probably could too.  If you don’t have your own list – listen to folks around you.  Do you hear primarily contentment or complaining?  

Have we become satisfied with dissatisfaction?  Have we become content with discontentment?  Have we become happy with unhappiness?  Why?   

Lack of satisfaction in life is a never-ending cycle that becomes addictive.

Look, if discontentment and dissatisfaction ultimately led to happiness then I’d have stopped my pursuit for something more.  But even our Thesaurus cites “unhappiness” as a synonym of “discontentment.”  “Discontentment” is a synonym of “dissatisfaction.”   So why are we all so dissatisfied when all around us are offers of “Guaranteed Satisfaction” and we have a lot of what we want?  Because it’s TEMPORARY. It doesn’t LAST.

It was not until I realized and fully embraced the fact that nothing
temporary (including another human being, substance, circumstance, gadget or even emotional state) could always satisfy me or meet all my needs that I became humble enough to seek out what can, what promises to and what does satisfy.  I became discontent being discontent…now that can ultimately get you somewhere different.

I challenge you listen to yourself talk this week.  Do you spend more time in a grateful and thankful state or more time complaining?  Complaining is a sign of dissatisfaction, last time I checked.  Once you identify your complaint, identify what would “fix” it.  Might be an interesting experiment.

Remember that if you want
eternal or infinite satisfaction, you can’t ultimately fit a square peg into a round hole (or juice a steak) by going after something designed to be temporary. 
-cc