IMG_0944When I was young I thought being a col­lec­tor was one of those things you grew up to be. Most of the peo­ple I knew had some­thing they col­lect­ed and at first blush it seemed to bring them hap­pi­ness. My Moth­er loved old glass, espe­cial­ly pink glass, and her home was filled with it.

In my mid 20’s busy work­ing and mak­ing my own nest, I decid­ed to col­lect Roy­al Doul­ton ladies. I had received one for a wed­ding present and she was mag­nif­i­cent. I smiled every time I passed her in the house. When my hus­band asked me what I want­ed for my birth­day, and I shared with him that I was going to col­lect Roy­al Doul­ton pret­ty ladies. His response sur­prised and dis­ap­point­ed me, “They will lose their spe­cial­ness if you have a lot of them.” “Why not just enjoy the one you have?”

Over the years my dis­ap­point­ment in his com­ments con­vert­ed to appre­ci­a­tion. He was right. I began to notice. When I was in someone’s home and they had a col­lec­tion of this or that, it was hard to appre­ci­ate and take in the beau­ty of any one of them. But when they had one spe­cial some­thing dis­played on the cof­fee table, I could tru­ly soak it in and find the place of won­der and appre­ci­a­tion inside myself that beau­ty deserves.

Enough­ness isn’t a word in the Eng­lish lan­guage, but it should be. If you look up the word enough, it can be used as a noun, adjec­tive or adverb. Enough­ness is a state of being, or a verb. Enough­ness is a way to live that hon­ors your­self, brings you peace and hon­ors the plan­et.

Three rea­sons to embrace enough­ness.

  1. It’s your lim­it­ed life ener­gy that you are exchang­ing for things.
  2. Know­ing your enough­ness point cre­ates peace.
  3. It is our pre­cious planet’s resources that are pro­duc­ing all those things.

Unless you are a trust fund baby, pret­ty much every­thing you acquire requires that you first use your time and ener­gy to accu­mu­late mon­ey. With each pay­check and each pur­chase you are exchang­ing your life ener­gy. If you think of pur­chas­es and pay­checks as exchanges of mon­ey it’s less per­son­al. But when you boil it down to what is real­ly going on, it’s your life ener­gy.

You get 24 hours a day just like every­one else. And you have only so much life. How much isn’t cer­tain, but it is none the less lim­it­ed. No mat­ter how you try to slice or dice it, in the end, you only have a cer­tain amount of life ener­gy. For me, think­ing about it this way makes every­thing more pre­cious, more per­son­al, and more sacred.

There is no right or wrong here. Just choice. How you choose to exchange your life ener­gy is up to you. As you explore this idea of enough­ness, ask, What is my pros­per­i­ty inten­tion and are my cur­rent choic­es in align­ment?

Know­ing your enough­ness point cre­ates peace, the kind that comes from deep with­in you. We are encour­aged con­stant­ly to seek more. But to what end and why? What if you knew what was enough for you? What if pros­per­i­ty was a choice?

To live in enough­ness doesn’t mean you have to choose aus­ter­i­ty. At Mack­ey Advi­sors we advo­cate, fight for, and pro­mote every­one liv­ing a pros­per­ous life. What is pros­per­ous for you and your fam­i­ly is like­ly dif­fer­ent than your sister’s choice, your neigh­bors choice or your co-work­ers choice. Why not give up want­i­ng to be some­one else and be ful­ly you? Be your own glo­ri­ous ver­sion of pros­per­i­ty?

The third rea­son to live in enough­ness is that every­thing you acquire is made out of the raw mate­ri­als our pre­cious plan­et pro­duces such as cot­ton, water, met­als and oil. Some of these mate­ri­als took mil­lions of years for the earth to cre­ate, yet we are able to acquire then cheap­ly and when we tire of them, dis­pose of them in some­one else’s back yard. (that is unless you live in Lebanon). Do you val­ue this one pre­cious plan­et you are hon­ored to inhab­it? If so, does it deserve for you to be mind­ful and respect­ful of your pur­chas­es?

If mon­ey some­times seems like a strug­gle for you, turn off the TV, your com­put­er, qui­et your mind and be still. Then ask, What if I chose enough­ness?