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Creative Cognoscente Interview: Tara Sophia Mohr

Enough

I'm working with the concept of enough this week.

I was inspired to ponder enough by the weekly message at my church.  The reason I love attending church, which is a habit only acquired in December, is that what I get from it stays with me all week.  Every Sunday I get some tidbit that helps me through the challenges I face.  (And let me just say, this is the first time this has happened for me.  At other churchs I attended, I left everything in the sanctuary on Sunday.  Which is probably why I never really got why people took a perfectly good Sunday and used it to attend church.)  This past Sunday it was the concept of enough.

Right off the top of my head, here's some of the connotations of enough that occur to me:

I have enough. 

I am enough.

That's enough.

Enough!  (as in, please stop.)

And here's the dictionary definition of enough, courtesy of dictionary.com

adjective: adequate for the want or need; sufficient for the purpose or to satisfy desire.
pronoun: an adequate quantity or number; sufficiency.
adverb:  in a quantity or degree that answers a purpose or satisfies a need or desire; sufficiently.
interjection: (used to express impatience or exasperation): Enough! I heard you the first time.
Variations on the same theme, to be sure.  And honestly? Words like adequate and sufficient don't really inspire me.  I'm more attuned to words like abundance, prosperity, and surplus.  I've often joked that my motto in life is more.

But I'm starting to learn to wrap my brain around loving the word, and the concept of, enough.  As in:  I'm a good enough writer.  I'm a good enough person.  I am enough, just the way I am right now.  Does this make sense? Instead of always reaching for the external for more (more money, more love, more success, more whatever) maybe its time to look within and realize how much we have internally.  Perhaps the concept of enough is what we need to bring some equilibrium back to ourselves.  (Sorry to include you in this if you don't feel you need that equilibrium.) Maybe in always reaching for more, for more success, for more abundance and prosperity we're forgetting that we're just fine the way we are and the biggest task is to accept that.
Smart enough.
Thin enough.
Rich enough.
Good enough.
Pretty enough.
Time enough.
You-name-it enough.
I'm not really sure how this all pans out, because I'm still thinking about it.  But I think I like this concept of enough a lot.  I think it makes it easier to breath, to be me, to exist with gratitude and joy on this crazy, troubled planet. I think that by accepting myself as enough, it opens the door for whatever else I want to be.  The trick is in the accepting first.
I dunno, but I think so.  And maybe thinking it is enough.
What do you think?

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