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Enough Is Enough

I heard a quote which was attributed to Joseph Heller, author of Catch 22, “I’ve got something he can never have…the knowledge that I’ve got enough.”

I love this.  Enough is a mindset.  It is a decision we make.  We must wake up in the morning and fall asleep at night aware of what we have and who we are and say it is enough.  It doesn’t have to be enough forever.  There are things in life that need to be changed.  There are areas that need altering.  But in a moment, in a space in time, enough is all there can be.

The reverse of this idea, equally amazing, is that dissatisfaction is also a mindset that can be altered if we choose.  We can look around us, at the life we’ve created, the job, the family, the friends, and we say, this is my life it is the best one I can live and I will work to make it wonderful.

Enough is the car that sputters when you start it on cold mornings.  Enough is the house with the funny colored linoleum that you’ve been planning on changing for four years and haven’t gotten around to doing.  Enough is the husband or wife that doesn’t meet our expectations.  Enough is not being perfect every minute of the day.

When we walk around dissatisfied what we are really saying is that we don’t think we have enough.  We don’t have enough stuff, enough life, enough job, enough partner.  The constant searching for better, best, the ever wanting of something more, that is the basis for unhappiness.  I’m not saying there aren’t moments of sadness, days of longing.  There are those days.  But there should be more days that are enough.

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