enough…

“He who knows that enough is enough will have enough.”  -Lao Tzu

The other day I had a rich conversation with a friend who’s in the midst of reshaping her life.

She explained that she was tired, weary and afraid that her life was spiraling out of control.   So she’s decided to take action.

I’m a big believer in making things as simple as possible.  So I asked her what single word best described her intention.

She said ENOUGH.

She went on to explain that she felt she’d been living her life based on TOO MUCH.

That led to a long discussion about all of the fear involved with NOT ENOUGH.

And THAT led to a long discussion about how often we find ourselves living lives we don’t want to be living because we’re being/having/doing TOO MUCH.

How does this whole ENOUGH -v- TOO MUCH gig show up in your life?

6 thoughts on “enough…

  1. Never know how to answer your blog questions – but I DO know they ALL apply to my life. Enjoy them tremendously. You are WONDERFUL!

    hugs,
    Gillian

  2. Does wanting more mean that you’re not thankful for the blessings that you do have already? How do you know if you are at a point in your life where God wants you to be? Even though you think you want to be somewhere else? I’m really confused tonight. Your questions really make me think!

  3. thanks Gillian. i’m thinking the Questions are more important than the Answers anyway 🙂

    Lois, i sure am holding you in my heart as you sit with your UnKnowing. one thing i DO know for sure – All Shall Be Well. ❤

  4. Tough question. We do need to be clear with ourselves about whether we are chasing things or exploring. One is about trying to find contentment, the other is pursuing things that feed our spirit and passions.

  5. Don’t mean to put a sad twist to this question, but I have been living for the past week with the statement, “You’ll know when enough is enough”. My youngest brother (age 44) has been on life support since June 10 due to respiratory failure.

    He did not have a written living will;however, he verbally told his fiancee and my dad that he never wanted to be kept alive by machines.

    Long story short, after doing all the medical team could do, he was not getting better and as a family, we decided to allow natural death to occur by discontinuing life support at 5:15pm yesterday. Enough was finally enough, and he passed away yesterday, June 29 at 9:38pm.

    Now, to put that into my thoughts about enough vs too much, I do believe we will all know when enough is enough and more of anything is too much! God is good and in His own way, He let’s us each realize when enough is enough…..whether it is chocolate, suffering, or joy! All we have to do is listen!

  6. Treva Ann, i couldn’t agree more about the importance of clarity about chasing -v- exploring. thanks SO much.

    Judi – i have no response for you beyond THANK YOU for your stunning reality check. know that i hold you and your family in my heart.

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