DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH?
Do you have enough?
What kind of question is that? Well it’s meant to make you think, that’s for sure.
Many of us live in such a culture that offers an abundance. If we don’t take the time to think about whether we have enough or not, we just keep accumulating. And when that happens, it’s no wonder that so many of us keep up-sizing our purses, our closets, our tech systems, and our homes. We don’t know how to stop the train.
Have you ever thought that if we don’t pause to think about having enough, we are letting our stuff control us? We work for, we maintain, we repair, we move, and we store all the stuff. It can consume so much or our time, energy, money, and motivation. If we just continue to acquire things without thought, those things might end up owning us.
I personally don’t love that idea. In fact, it’s kind of scary to me. I had a close relative who struggled with hoarding and it was not easy to watch. She knew she had a problem but was unable to resolve it due to emotional issues attached to the things she kept. That is a real problem for many people, and there are professional mental health workers who can address that. My heart goes out to them.
But what we are talking about today is different. We are having the conversation about bringing in more and more things because we haven’t decided what is enough.
How many of any one thing is enough? Excellent question! How much is too much? Another thoughtful question. These are the kinds of things to ask yourself as you consider your home, your work space, your travel bag, or your wardrobe. Whatever you are giving the side eye to, consider what you need and you will find what is enough. Add in your wants and you may see what the mark is for too much. The answer is up to you, though, as you are intentional and realistic.
A first past at this may yield either a ton of overflow, maybe just a few things, or perhaps nothing extra at all. Whatever your outcome is, it’s right, as long as you are being honest. It can be tricky to sort, though, so be aware. We absolutely have attachments to our belongings and we need to be careful to work through the process with some emotional detachment. Having a friend or coach can be super helpful – they will have no such attachment to any of your stuff.
What will you gain in return? Oh, let me point out just a few –
Peace – too much stuff = a special kind of stress.
Gratitude – being intentional = recognizing your abundant blessings.
Power – you are in charge = your possessions work for you.
Time – not caring for excess junk = more time for you and your priorities.
Control – being deliberate = living a more intentional life.
Can you see it? Can you imagine these things for you and your home? I bet you can.
What are you waiting for? Maybe start with one drawer, one shelf, one pile, one corner, or one counter top. Or maybe you start with one category, like books, makeup, clothes, dishes, or throw pillows. Let me know what you start with and how you are going to make it happen. I would love to cheer you on!