Inspiration today comes from the English poet David Whyte.
Enough. These few words are enough.
If not these words, this breath.
If not this breath, this sitting here.
This opening to the life
we have refused
again and again
Do you ever ask yourself when is it enough?
Why is that I’ve finished everything on my plate and I’m still looking for something more to eat?
Isn’t it enough that I have a full belly?
Why is it that I’ve been at work all day and I’m still on the computer answering and sending emails in the evening?
Can’t it wait till tomorrow when I am back at work?
Isn’t it enough that I’ve put in an 8-hour day?
Why is that when I find myself arguing with my loved ones, why do I still feel the need to get the last word in?
Isn’t it enough that I have communicated my perspective?
Isn’t that enough?
Will I ever be satisfied with enough?
This poem is a great reminder to all of us to reflect on what we have ‘enough’ of in our life and to seek comfort in knowing that we are enough, as ourselves, in any given moment. If we are to live authentically, what we bring to the world is enough. Be aware of what our ‘enough’ is and stand by it. Understand and accept when we’ve done enough, said enough, listened enough, loved enough, eaten enough, and have been kind enough to others.
If our reflections help us to understand that we genuinely haven’t loved enough, been kind enough, listened enough, worked hard enough, paid attention enough, etc., then we must change our ways. At least reflect on our 'enoughs' and be satisfied when we've done enough to make a difference to ourselves and to others.
Neila Steele & Andy Vasily