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What is enough?

Photo by Christine Roy on Unsplash
Photo by Christine Roy on Unsplash

Is it Thursday already?

Where's the week gone?

Anyhow, I'm here; coffee poured; and ready for the day ahead.

As to the rubric, well, I woke at around 2.00 am and was reminded of an extraordinary book I read, about a decade ago, called "Enough" written by John C. Bogle. Here's the opening to James Clear's blog on the book which encapsulates the very essence of what this post is about:

"John C. Bogle is the founder of The Vanguard Group. He originally delivered this speech as the commencement address for MBA graduates of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in May 2007. 

Speech Transcript

Here’s how I recall the wonderful story that sets the theme for my remarks today: At a party given by a billionaire on Shelter Island, the late Kurt Vonnegut informs his pal, the author Joseph Heller, that their host, a hedge fund manager, had made more money in a single day than Heller had earned from his wildly popular novel Catch 22 over its whole history. Heller responds, “Yes, but I have something he will never have . . . Enough.”"

Cue our current pandemic; and, judging by the material beginning to emerge in the UK mainstream press, Medium and, yes, of all places LinkedIn, a few people are beginning to question, largely by dint of the absence of material stuff and experiences that they previously took for granted, what's enough?

And I think it an excellent question, but like I always say, the best questions are not those that can be sliced, diced and/or annihilated with a trite series of answers. No, they command respect and are hard to answer properly or at all. 

This one is no different.

But then again, as I've opined here and elsewhere, is the idea of enough simply the application of a minimalist lifestyle, hewn from the fewest number of things possible? In this regard, you might want to check out Rob Greenfield who, to my mind, has done more to advance the you-don't-need-much-stuff-to-live-a-happy-life than most people who've filled this space.

Is that it?

What?

Things and things alone.

How about, what's enough faith?

Or enough love?

Or enough giving?

Can you see where I'm going with this?

In other other words, there is a vector, on the opposite side of less (i.e. more!), that needs desperately and urgently developing.  

Perhaps I should just leave it at that?

At what?

Well to invite the question into your hearts — and mine — what truly is enough to make a better life, a better community and a better world?

Yes, I think that's it.

For me at least, I know that: (a) I could get rid of 99% of my stuff and still be happy — yes seriously; (b) I'm not in service to anything more than my ego — most of the time that is; and (c) there is one hell of lot more I should be doing in service of the world — applying my legal skills to the emerging field of earth law springs to mind.

There. That's my confession.

And yours? 

Don't worry, I'm not expecting you to share publicly but perhaps privately you might ask the question:

What is enough?

Of course, if you've already got this one licked, I'd love to hear your story, particularly how, either by force of circumstance or design, you achieved harmony with your soul and the world about you.

Deep bows.

Much love,

Ju

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