NABLOPOMO13DAYTWENTYEIGHTEvery Thanksgiving, like many families, we say grace and then take turns giving voice to those things for which we are grateful.

My response is as honest as it is simple — and it’s always the same — I am grateful because I have enough.

It’s not fancy, but it’s the truth. There have been times when I didn’t have enough of those things that people can see — like money or other resources. And I’m grateful that I seem, these days, to have more of those things than I had in the past, but what I’m most thankful for is that I recognized that what was sorely lacking in my life was not anything that anyone else could see, nothing that could be bought. What I was sorely lacking was faith. Not religious faith, but faith in myself.

Some people might look at my life now and think that I’m kidding myself. They might think that I still don’t have enough of the creature comforts, that in resolving to be happy with what I have I’ve lowered my expectations. The nicest thing about discovering the faith that I have in myself is that I no longer pay heed or give credence to what others may think.

For those who say I’m kidding myself, that I have lowered my standards, I would argue that I’m not, that I haven’t. Indeed, I would argue that I’ve raised them.

I may not have some of the trappings of success that others do, but I don’t value them, either. My husband probably wishes that I did. Then, maybe we’d have our own house or go on exotic vacations. But, I don’t.

There are some areas of my life that might benefit from a change. Consideration as to whether these changes will make for a better life or just a different life must be taken into account and weighed carefully before changes are made.

I’m thankful that I know that trading in my server apron for a corporate I.D. card won’t necessarily make me happier. It may make other people happier, but that’s not any reason to do it. You can’t put a price tag on that kind of knowledge.

I know that I don’t want to measure my self-worth in “stuff”. There are other ways to measure success. I think I’ve done pretty well in the areas that truly matter.

What I’ve discovered is that I’ve made some fruitful investments and that they have names and faces — my husband, my daughter, my family, my friends, and my co-workers. Less tangible and not as easy to assess as economic success perhaps, but the pleasure I take from these relationships is far more satisfying than owning a dishwasher could ever be.

Truthfully, I have far more than I need — possibly far more than I deserve. I have enough faith in myself to know this and that satisfies me greatly. That, my friends, is something to be grateful for.

6 thoughts on “Enough

  1. It’s a rich and happy person who can be content with what he/she has. Good for you for being content. It’s a lesson a lot of us would be wise to learn.


  2. rossmurray1 says:

    Yes indeed, yes indeed.


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