What is enough? Enough what, you might ask? Enough time, money, food, sleep, travel, exercise, play, fun, alone time, time with friends, time with family, time with your grandchild/grandchildren, time to pursue your creative interests. What is enough time at the cabin, enough vacation time, enough time to travel, enough time to wander the back roads, enough time to visit art galleries, museums, libraries? How will you know when you have enough joy, peace, courage, confidence, kindness, compassion, faith, trust, fearlessness? These are challenging questions to ponder. How do we quantify what is enough? How do we know when we have enough? It’s such a subjective question. What is enough is different for each and every one of us. What may be enough alone time for me is not sufficient for you. Three yoga classes per week might be perfect for me, while you may want to take five yoga classes per week.
What would it look like if you had enough time to draw, paint, dance, sing, take photos, write? What would it look like if you had enough reflection time, time to journal, meditate, walk in nature, read? What would it look like if you had enough travel time? What would it look like if you had enough time for yourself? For me, it’s a question of balance. Juggling exercise, work, play, family time, friend time, Ana time, Nancy time, is a constant challenge and requires me to make choices on a daily basis.
What about you? Where do you need to focus more attention? Where do you need to focus less attention? How will you know what is enough? What is it to be at choice in your life? What do you want more of in your life? What is one step you can take today to move closer to having more ……….. in your life? What’s really important to you? What do you need to let go of? What do you need to embrace?
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13 thoughts on “What Is Enough?”
I don’t know how to define “enough” objectively and certainly wouldn’t want to do it for anyone else, but I feel it as a sensation in my body: satisfaction, appreciation, with a tiny bit of hunger remaining. I don’t always listen to this feeling, but I sometimes do — and I hope I listen enough.
To me the best times and the best experiences leave me with the feeling of never enough. And I like it that way. When I have the feeling of leaving an activity or a place wanting to do more – I know it was wonderful and it gives me a reason to come back!
Thanks for your comments Susan! Listening to my wise inner voice is always a good choice for me. I am so excited about the Artist’s Way Retreat and I know without a doubt that it will be abundant in so many ways.
Thanks for your comments Deborah! I like your visual of a possibility pool full of infinite resources. I think I’ll write a 7-line poem about this vast pool.
Hi Nancy, the enough question is such a good one. What is enough and how do I feel it? I’m learning that this question is best answered from my inner self. I bet your workshop community will elicit a breadth of response. I wish you a workshop full of insight.
Quite a thought provoking post (and comments). I often find that trying to fit the “enough” filter over things leaves me confused, and so I don’t think that’s the right question for myself. I find it more helpful to think of a great pool of possibility, infinitely resourced, and my task, is to dip into it in whatever ways feel delightful.
I am moved by both Linda’s comment and your response to Scott. And by this post Nancy. Welcome back.
I hear you Scott! I often wonder what would be enough money. I try to live by the Prosperity or Abundance principle that I have everything I need today, which I do. Keep taking those action steps every day toward finding a job and you will succeed. One of my mantras is “I know I can, I know I can.”
Right now, the enough question is enough money to make it until I get employed again. It’s not so much per month, but gets harder and harder to find.
Thanks Amy. Everyday I say to myself, I have everything I need today. The question What is enough came to me as I walked in nature yesterday so I felt compelled to blog about it. It is a thought provoking question and yes, there is more than one way to look at enough.
I like Linda’s point. Yes, there are different sorts of “enough”. Then, of course, there is the deep satisfaction of being FULL on life. I already have everything that I need. So often these days, I am fortunate enough to be able to say this and I feel very blessed.
Thanks for your comments Linda! I really like what you said about enough is enough, I’ve had it. There are 2 sides to the enough coin.
These are the sorts of questions that make my head spin. Good questions, but “enough” comes quickly with them or I spiral down into a funk. Now, having said that, I think that “enough” works two ways. Enough, as in no more and enough as in needing more. With the first, it’s that weird glazed over confused feeling – I’ve had enough! With the latter, it’s an ache, a yearning in my gut – I want more of that! Have to pay attention to my feelings and not allow any one else determine my “enough.” Great topic, Nancy