This is a great time of year to talk about letting go of the quest for more: more food, more stuff, more gifts, more stress, more drama.
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No matter who we are or what our circumstances, we swim in conversations about what there isn’t enough of.
I see it in myself. For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is, “I didn’t get enough sleep”. The next one is “I don’t have enough time.” Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. We spend most of the hours and the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining or worrying about what we don’t have enough of.
We don’t have enough time. We don’t have enough rest. We don’t have enough exercise. We don’t have enough work. We don’t have enough profits. We don’t have enough power…of course we don’t have enough money – ever.
Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the floor, we’re already inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something. And by the time we go to bed at night, our minds race with a litany of what we didn’t get, or didn’t get done, that day.
The mantra of not enough carries the day and becomes a kind of default setting for our thinking about everything, from the cash in our pockets to the people we love or the value of our own lives. What begins as a simple expression of the hurried life, or even the challenged life, grows into the great justification for an unfulfilled life. It becomes the reason we can’t have what we want or be who we want to be.
I recognize this in myself. The way “not enough” is described often feels like my life – not enough sleep, not enough time, not enough fun, not enough, not enough, not enough.
I am determined to change this. I am determined to think and act differently.
I am determined to choose less as a way of appreciating all I have and re-affirming that I do, in fact, have enough. More than enough.
I am choosing less stress. Less drama. Less emotion. Less arguing. Less negativity. Less food. Less spending. Less stuff. Less complaining. Less alcohol. Less sugar. Less excess.
I am choosing less wherever and whenever I can.