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“Enough” is food and clothing for today, shelter for tonight, a little extra to give to someone in need, and a few close people in my life to remind me that I have far more than enough. Ironically, I’m most keenly aware I have enough when I’m being sorely tempted to want more.
I never feel like “enough” comes from external things. For example, I never feel like I have enough clothes or enough money or enough outer beauty. But I do feel like I am loved enough. My family is the best I could ask for and whenever I’m around them I feel fulfilled. To know when enough is, you need to reflect on how fulfilled or satisfied you feel. I feel satisfied and like my needs/wants are met whenever I’m around the people that truly care for me.
It had become clear that I had fallen into the trap once again, the same old destructive pattern of trading my health and peace of mind for a paycheck. I made a conscious effort to love these people and provide for their needs but, when it came to retail, I had had enough and to continue would be insane. I’d been exactly there before when I initially developed diabetes. One could say that I am “living proof that one can work themselves to death”. Please, folks, be kind to your service industry staff.
Thank you Javier for your service. I am sure you had to deal with many ‘Karens’, lol. Good luck finding something different and better for your health:)
Karens and Kyles galore, oh, my!
Skill and persistence, Michele
I feel tired, too tired to even read. after a long day of almost non-stop- alertness for many different engagements with a fully concentrated mind. For today, this tells me it is just enough. So dear friends here sharing, wishing you all a peaceful and blessed sleep.Tomorrow is another day, God willing.
It is never enough. Striving for the highest possibility leaves no room for complacency. Enough can only live in the physical but this life is much more than the physical. The dimensions beyond the physical call for boundlessness, limitlessness – a burning of discontentment with limitations and containment.
So completely different from my approach to the question, but so obviously true. I’m glad I read this.
You don’t know, what you don’t know, until you need to know and then when you do know, you “know it” is enough.
If I have enough clean food to be full, enough shelter to protect me from the weather, and enough clean water to bathe and drink from, that is enough. If I am able to survive, then what I have is all I need.
My husband and I live in a 600 sq foot condo. The space determines when we have enough!
Enough is when I feel satisfied after eating dinner.
Enough is when I’m too tired to stay awake.
Enough is when I don’t feel anyone or any thing is missing.
Enough is my limit.
You know it when you listen to your inner voice.
For the mind it is never enough. This is what I feel about my mind. He always wants to have or be something better, more spiritual, more suitable, more wise more selfless and so on. Contentement is a decision I have to make many times a day. But it feels so good…
Enough is when i feel peaceful, present, contented, and relaxed.
As I count all the ways in which I am blessed with health, dear friends, nature all around me, a warm safe home, reliable transportation, and creativity, I have more than enough. Sharing love, being grateful and content.
I attempt to embrace each day and accept it as enough. My ego some times has a problem with that!
It depends. Never enough love, unless it is the smothering kind. Never enough love from our dog, our children, our grandchildren.
Enough for me as far as social interaction is different than my husband, who is an extravert.
I can feel enough in my bones when it comes to some things, or in my mind with other things. Interesting question,.
I haven’t found “enough” yet, but it is something less than I have. 😄
I seem to have an internal reset button on “enough”. My mind, spirit and body can only handle so much food, material “stuff”, trouble, whatever. I am constantly purging, re-evaluating, starting over. It hasn’t always been this way, but “as. we. age.” I can only keep track of so much.
“Enough” is the fullest of your heart and soul and you feel utterly content.
Enough is an arbitrary mark. Set with either randomness or aspiration, the delineation, once made, tends to be static. Against this mark, I measure and gauge a position relative to it. I can, therefore, assess my having made the mark. The how is in the measuring. Left to whatever devices I use I may have relatively little competence in using, this measuring can, and does, prove faulty. Example: to see if I have enough gas to get from home to my mom’s, I use a device in my car which tells me how far the gas will take me in miles, and how many miles to my mom’s, the rest is math. Contrasting that to my sitting at a restaurant and deciding what to order and determining that I can afford something based on my ‘recollection’ of how much money I have on the card I intend to use. That sometimes doesn’t work out as well. Hunches are problematic in this area. Lastly I can cheat (and have) by moving the mark, remembering it is arbitrary. Example: realizing that a change in circumstances beyond my control I have reduced income and can no longer afford the lifestyle I am living. Rather than find more income, I can cut expenses so that when completed my lifestyle is within the mark set by the new lower income. I have done that many times. The why is also interesting (and not asked in the question). Sometimes it is a game, truly, a way to move through my day or a task. Setting a distance to row is one common example. Yet there is another reason. It is to be free of doubt, released from anxiety. Measuring in such a way that it discerns and sets, restores balance. Balance is essential. To me anyways. It allows me to walk.
Hmmmm. This is a hard one as I often don’t feel good enough and I am always reaching for some expectation that when I reach it – I shift the goal post. I want to be someone who is grateful for what I have – and enough is exactly what I have been blessed with. Sometimes – it just takes reminders.
Yes, you are enough, Marnie. I really love your reflection! Thank you so much.
It is enough to ‘be’ you don’t have to do anything. We feel the need to be busy. It is not necessary.
I am enough. I know it because I believe the teachings.
In this generation nobody will ever accept of having enough of things ,all they want is more and more. According to me you gotta be happy with whatever you have and yes it’s enough .So just be happy with whatever you have in life , if something has to come to you it will 😉
HAVE A NICE DAY !! 😉
I think you know what enough is when you have extra to share:)
I like to believe that I understand when “enough is enough,” but you might want to ask the stacks of plastic tubs in our basement, which are chock-full, for the complete answer! They’re evil, and very handy.
Mine multiply while we sleep. I am sure of it!
I get you, Kevin. Having just moved from a 3-story home to a 1-story condo, I am confronted by the tower of tubs. Not only my items, but those left behind when adult children moved into the larger world. Fortunately I have a garage to store them, bringing them in one or two at a time. Those adult children? Their stuff is in some of the tubs! Still grateful to have moved to the place I love. But I need that garage for my car when the winter weather arrives. Per Charlie Brown, “Good grief!!”
Oh gosh my friend, I certainly understand this! Took us about five years to get our youngest daughter, two years after she got married and had their on house and home, to come and get her stuff, in tubs, that has been stored in our basement since forever!
Love the line “tower of tubs,“ people wiser than me have said what is really needed is that we all should be forced to move every 10 years whether we need to or not in order to whittle down our stuff! And I won’t mention how unsuccessful I’ve been to date getting my lovely wife to deal with the tubs from her parents house, who’ve been gone for over a decade! What was somewhat successful is me bringing them up on a nice cool summer day, setting a few tubs on a table that I set up for her to go through in the driveway. Went through three tubs and stopped. Lots and lots of emotions under the covers of those tubs! Of course….full disclosure, I’ve got a stack, greatly reduced, since my retirement, of my own…but at least I’m ahead of my wife in the great tub reduction race!
Ha, ha, now I get it…so, right about now I should probably confess I collect quotes. I am a minimalist, but I love them…download them, write them, save them, pass them on, so offers of tubs, empty or full, don’t help.
Lots of noise. Leaf blowers, chainsaws, apparently these are part of the “new gardening”. It is always difficult to find a really quiet place outside. Luckily I have a quiet place in my house.
“I need so little, and the little I need, I need so little…” said by a saint, I forget who. But it always stuck with me and is a great measuring stick.
Hey there Dusty Su, let me know if you need storage tubs for the “many few” things. I’ll send you some! 🙂
I kept most in my heart…but thanks for the offer.
That is a lovely quote! I will try to remember it. Thank you, Dusty Su!
Thank you, Holly. It pops up in my thoughts often. Usually in reference to physical stuff. But it struck me how it applies beyond that too.
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