The Art of Enough and Fake Abundance

It’s easy to get caught up in the race for more. Sometimes I get to the end of the day and think about all the things I didn’t do or could have done. And it’s hard not to feel a bit letdown.

Yesterday, there were a lot of things that I wanted to do that I didn’t get done:

  • I didn’t create a reshoot a video for Paid to Exist that I’ve been wanting to do.
  • I didn’t do any strength training. (I did go on a 15 mile hike the other day though, so maybe I’m off the hook.)
  • I didn’t further any of my marketing goals.
  • I didn’t do as much writing as I wanted to.

There a lot of things I didn’t do. And they’re all valid and important things to me. But sometimes life happens…

  • I woke up at 5:30am, had a mastermind call, then went back to sleep (see: 15 mile hike)
  • I made dinner for my wife (Pad Thai, and it took me a while since I had never made it before)
  • I took a nap because I had a headache from quitting caffeine

And now that I think about it, yesterday was a pretty awesome day overall, despite the disruption of my prolific work expectations. But the point is that my first reaction was to judge how I felt by how much I accomplished. As if my sense of worth is somehow determined by how many things I check off a list.

Maybe you can relate.

Last week, Charlie wrote about why we need more reflection on enough and it got me thinking a lot about what it means to be enough, to have enough, to do enough.

It can seem like there is a conflict between an abundance mindset and an efficiency mindset. If you have enough, that means you need to be satisfied with less, right? You need to pare things down until you are surviving simply on the essentials needed to sustain yourself and your physical body.

But I don’t think that’s the only way to frame enough. I actually think that enough is the doorway to abundance. If you are always seeking more, and think you are going toward abundance by collecting more things, you will only find fake abundance. No matter how many resources you allocate, there will always seem like more are missing. Because you are not content, you cannot experience abundance.

And that’s because real abundance exists in the present. Real abundance has nothing to do with you creating it or achieving it sometime in the future. Abundance is what reality is made of. You don’t have to do anything to make it so, that’s just the way it is. The only way to experience that abundance is to open yourself to what already is.

If you think you have to take control of your own abundance, that’s only half true. Really, the only thing you need to do is stop resisting what already is. And much of that resistance comes from either:

  • Seeking abundance in the future
  • Believing that you have to do something about it

Letting go of those two things is hard. But it really starts with one simple thing:

Being enough.

The more that this present moment, right now, is enough, the easier things will start to get. You will no longer be resisting the abundance around you. Even if you’re experiencing a sense of lack based on your circumstances or situation, that’s only because internally you are resisting. Stop resisting, and you’ll see your situation change. I’ve seen it happen over and over in my own life. I’m sure you will too.

And enough doesn’t have to conflict with more. It’s just the starting point. You can have enough and. What you desire expands from enough, from what already is. It’s not a reaching out to fill something that’s missing, it’s an expression or unfolding from your core that is always complete, and always whole.

That wholeness exists right now. Can you feel it? Can you become aware of your wholeness?

When you feel like you are enough, and that what you have is enough, it feels good. And it’s the only way to experience real abundance.

photo courtesy of incurable_hippie

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