What’s in a name? After all, it’s the ‘thing’ not the ‘name’ that matters. But I discovered about the Discover your Enough Point teleclass (new one starting in March - Free Intro Class on Tuesday, February 23rd) that the title wasn’t getting to the point. It’s not just about having “enough”. It’s about the sense of liberation you get when you realize that you finally do have enough. You are then free to direct your life energy elsewhere. Whether it’s work or play, solitude of sociability, whatever was once a hunger can become a satisfaction. Once satisfied – and knowing it – you move on. The trouble of course is that so many people don’t recognize enough and don’t move on. We keep pursuing more – even when it ceases to really satisfy.
This is especially poignant now that the opportunity for indulging in “more than enough” is far less for many more people. 17% unemployment/underemployment means people neither have the where with all to overspend… nor the stomach for it. The savings rate is up to 5% – from 0% or less for half a decade – because we the people don’t know which way the market is going or where our jobs are going next. We finally understand all that string saving and economizing our grandparents did and tried to teach us to do. They knew the bottom could fall out. Now we do as well.
The opportunity of this moment is to notice that when we cease the pursuit of more than we truly need for a rich life, we relax. What wasn’t enough last week simply because we believed more would be better might be just enough this week. The stove, the car, the coat, the bathroom fixtures suddenly look just dandy. They work. Don’t look bad. Hmmm.
This isn’t easy. The human psyche is wired to mourn the loss of $100 more than it celebrates the gain of $100. Losing ground triggers a deep seated fear for our very survival. Gaining ground is just increasing the distance from demise. It takes awareness and maturity and a sense of life’s bigger meaning to even want to grab the opportunity of enough.
So Enough really is freedom. It liberates the mind from the clench of fear. It liberates your time from the pursuit of what doesn’t bring you happiness. It liberates your heart from miserly doling out a few pennies of love, and lets you relax into enjoying all your relationships.
That’s why I’m trying out the FREEDOM OF ENOUGH.
But I need you. What do you think of this new title? Does it ring your chimes? Does it leave you flat? What else would you call this work of rightsizing our lives?