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For example, during this week’s school break. Now after 4 days visiting with my niece and her family, I’ve had enough time with them. I’m going home to have some time to myself.
Enough to me equals “always room for improvement”. Self improvement. It is not about stuff at all.
Enough to me means being – without wanting for the necessities. Necessities such as food, shelter, clothes, education so to function in life, work or purpose so to feel like a contributing part of a community, love, and some freedom with which to live our lives.
I like Charlies questions. Do I love enough? Am I honest enough? And of course, everyone’s favorite question, Am I good enough? In the context of these questions, enough isn’t enough.
I identify with YRAM’s answer. Balance…Knowing when to say “yes” and when to say “no.”
I desperately need to work on knowing when to say yes and when to say no. I retired in June 22, and I have not been able to really retired. I keep saying yes to commitments from my previous work. I had two major losses of loved ones and I have not been able to just be and mourn their passing. I feel like I am drowning. Why is it so hard to stop and just say no?! I must work on this balance thing. I thank you for inspiring me everyday.
Hi Ana Maria, It sounds like you are dealing with a lot of major changes in your life. Change and loss at the same time is very challenging. I hope you will take one day at a time. Do your best each day and do not judge or beat up on yourself when you find it difficult to say, “No.” In my experience, my best is always enough and I’ve learned that my best can vary from day to day. Life is a process not a performance. Blessings to you and yours.
Such a good question. Enough,
for me, is when I feel contentment
or satisfaction or fulfillment. In this
hyper consumer world, it’s easy for
me to fall into desire, want, and
comparison. The truth is, that I
have more than enough.
On the other hand, do I give enough?
Do I love enough? Am I honest enough?
Is my commitment enough?
These are the things that I contemplate
and wonder about. But, enough of
this, I should probably start my day. 😁
Enough means to me that I have at least as much as I need or want. Sometimes I think, “enough”! when there has been too much talking, arguing, noise, or anything else for my comfort in a particular situation. If I sense that I have more than enough, I look at that to decide how I would be able to share or offer to other/s. When the noise is too much, I look for my earplugs … quite sensitive to sound.
Hello Pilgrim, I carry a pair of foam earplugs in my left pants pocket always. I put the in at the movies as well as in the tractor and any real noisy place in between
Good morning Pilgrim….I love this! Silence is golden for me…I too am very sensitive to sound and not just because I have been afflicted with tinnitus these last 10 years. I have always craved (not too strong a word) the quiet and am grateful that we live in this senior community now where you can hear a pin drop most days.
I think one of the reasons I am so drawn to Native American spirituality is because silence is an integral part of their culture and sensibilities…it is sacred and holy.
So wonderful, as always, to “meet” with you here. Grateful.
~Have a blessed day friend ♥
I am glad you are/were here, my friend. I would like to know more about Native American Spirituality. I feel like many years ago, I did know more, so I will see how I can rekindle and explore this. Blessings to you, my friend!
So many beautiful responses to this question. What resonated with me was Yram’s sharing of “balance”. It rings true to me.
Since I taught environmental science for so many years, I am especially sensitive to the rampant consumerism in this country and the effect it has, not only on our suffering planet, but on our souls. For so many it seems to me, there is never enough. Such a sad place to be in my humble opinion.
When I read this question I also immediately went to my own struggle of believing that “I am enough” just as I am. Now in my senior years, I am learning how to embrace that truth, despite an upbringing and life experiences that tried to tell me that I wasn’t.
~Have a blessed day everyone ♥
Distinguishing between wants and needs.
Clicking Unsubscribe at the bottom of emails trying to sell me things.
Texting Stop to yet another request for funds.
Eating mindfully so I notice and appreciate flavors and textures.
Recognizing when I’ve been working intensely for a long stretch and need to go take a walk around the block.
Being honest with myself about whether I will use or wear something, and putting it up on my neighborhood’s Buy Nothing group to set it free for someone else to enjoy.
Setting down my phone.
*Does not apply to books.
LOL, this gave me a good laugh, Barb. “does not apply to books!”
. We live in a meritocracy that oft as not can give rise to internalizing such that we think ourselves as not enough. I stop being driven when I think I am in a position of – enough. Enough in contentment, and enough in myself and enough in meeting survival and life style and enjoyments and amenities and enough in equity in society.
Enough means to me that I am content with what I have, that I treasure it and take care of it.
Make good decisions
Say “no” once and awhile.
I have more than enough….and am very grateful. Enough means I have love, a home and food. I have my animals…and at present I have health. I am very grateful for all thise gifts.
It can mean several things to me. I have drank enough alcohol in my life to have been a detriment to myself and loved ones. Thankfully I have just past one year of no alcohol. I am not a senseless consumer. I have enough and only buy another item when one is worn out and if I can repurpose it I will. One example is cloth. I do not buy shop towels…I use wore out clothing for that purpose. My 90 year old father told me many years ago when he and I were discussing consumerism “Joe you don’t get “it”. He who dies with the most toys wins”. Love and kindness…….Can there ever be “enough” of that?
Well done dear friend, may God bless you in your journey, you and your loved ones deserve this time of sobriety. Thank you for sharing!
Congrats on your 1 yr sobriety Joseph:)
Congrats on your 1 year Joseph!
Congratulations Joseph on your year of sobriety. May God bless you as you continue down this road. All the best..✨🙏🏻✨
Joseph…my brother has been in recovery for years and I have seen what a difference this has made in his life, his mental and spiritual health and in his relationships. I am so happy for you to have this gift of sobriety on your own journey.
I, too, join in on the congrats! Continued blessings 🙌
Thank you, Joseph!!! and Congratulations on your year of sobriety! You area a hero. Continue on your wonderful journey of new hope and life.
A wonderful lesson,
for passing the one year mark…
it only gets better.
Congratulations on a year of sobriety, Joseph.👏
Enough means to know when to pay attention to the mind of greed. We often have enough, but we want more . Enough tells me to stop, look and go like br. David teaches us. I feel grateful when I know more isn’t better. Thank you !
Lovely post, Antoinette. I especially liked “when I know more isn’t better.” Perfect.
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