Enough. What does that word conjure up? It can be both a positive and a negative – “I am enough” or “I have had enough.” When researching the topic, I found there were 2,310,000,000,000 Google hits. It’s been used 102,000,000 times for song titles. I scanned just a few of the 821,000,000 articles on enough. The dictionary says that it’s both a “determiner & pronoun” and means “as much or as many as required. Even Scripture has many tags, one of which is Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
When used as a limiting descriptor, I love that NO is in the word eNOugh. It gives me perspective. It sets a boundary. Boundaries are required elements in our ability to function well. How does one know (pun intended!) when we've had enough? Everyone has their own personal limit in terms of potential overloads. I shared with someone recently that I had reached a thin line & didn’t need any more stress. I’d had enough. Or is it the other way around? Do I have enough? Which leads to the inevitable question – am I enough?
There are no easy answers to these questions. We all search for them every day. I think it’s important that we are aware of both sides of the equation. Our world is reeling from the negative impacts of trauma & sorrow. I wonder if we can be the solution instead of focusing on the problem. From a burned out place can we be more to others? Can we focus on kindness & compassion even when we hurt? Can we give love?
I am challenging myself to encompass both my pain & my capacity for more. I can say enough & be enough at the same time. My wish is for all of us to be able to do likewise.