Sunday, March 30, 2008

More is More, But Enough is Enough

Contentment isn't the attainment of what you want.
Contentment lies in the realization of how much you already have.

Have you ever noticed, when grocery shopping, how many products have the word "more" on them? "Now with 20 % more!" More for your money! More per serving! More Nutritional value! More Omega 3's! More Fiber! More servings per box!

More, more, More!

What ever happened to the good old days, when Mikey chose Life Cereal just because He"liked" it? That's all. His mom bought it just because he liked it. (Hey, Mikey!) And Mikey, as we all know, didn't even know it was good for him. He just knew that those little oat -flavored woven squares tasted good.

But, what ever happened to enough? What ever happened to boxes sized to feed your family for a week? Boxes with just enough nutritional value to cover you for that meal alone. Boxes that assume you'll be eating other varied foods over the course of the day. Boxes which don't assume the responsibility of fulfilling all of your needs, just some. Just enough.

And Enough really is Enough.

Beyond enough only complicates things.

For no one thing , or series of things can ever fulfill you; can ever complete you; can ever sustain you. In order to be healthy,we need to be fed a steady diet, and there is, no one super food to keep all future ills at bay. But there are a series of individual, nutrient dense experiences. They are called trials. Each one comes, usually without warning, and not well labeled for the consumer, but each dose, each individual serving size, always supplies just enough tribulation for us to stop and take note. Just enough to alter our over-consumption. We'll have to incorporate a new diet, of sorts. The kind which enhances digestion of the next trial, which is an absolute certainty. We'll be a slender new version of ourselves, since we won't be carrying all of that "more" around.
And there will always be Enough.

Enough trials to ensure our continued growth.
Enough laughter to wash away the tears.
Enough tears to help us wipe the tears of others.
Enough comfort to allow us rest.
Enough rest to begin again.
Enough connection to remind us we are one.
Enough Oneness to infinitely connect in stillness
Enough stillness to allow insight,
And
Enough insight to keep us content with enough.

And Enough Really is Enough.

"Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide."
Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)

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