When I hear the phrase "Enough is Enough" it is usually spoken in frustration or even anger at being fed up with the current state of events, personally, politically, at work or at home. I've said it plenty of times myself in this very way.
Lately though, I've been using this little phrase as a mantra for living a more simple life. As I said in the last post, I truly believe our issues and problems in society today stem from our core belief that "More is Better". I was thinking about this on my walk this morning and realizing how deep this goes into our collective psyche.
More money, more time, more freedom, more choices, more exotic foods, more expensive cars, more extravagant houses, more profit, more clothes, more expensive closes, more fun, more rewarding work, more dinners out, more days off, more time at home, more speed, more relaxation, more vacations, more, more more....
This is not necessarily about greed - it's a fundamental belief that we have in the U.S. that more really is better. We really believe that you can never have enough. Sales need to grow every year. Profits need to grow every year. Earn more, win more, have more, keep more.
I hear from some politicians and pundits that we need less Government. How about if we just had "enough" government? What is the government taxed us "enough" to cover the services we need? What if we had "enough" health care to cover those who really need it?
I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm taking back the word "enough" from the frustrated and angry and raising it above the stigma of mediocrity to represent for all of us the right amount of anything. No more, no less...enough.
Pops Blair, 2008