There is a fine poem by David Whyte called Enough.
Enough. These few words are enough.
If not these words, this breath.
If not this breath, this sitting here.
This opening to life
we have refused
again and again
The holidays tend to make me question what is enough?
Obviously holidays are meant to be times of celebration, of coming together, of connecting. Everything else is extra—the food, the gifts, the decorations, the music.
Now I wouldn’t want to celebrate Christmas without at lease some semblance of the ‘special’—those things I do, ways I decorate, music I listen to, food I bake-that only happens once a year.
The definition of enough is simply “as much as is required”.
You and I may choose how much is required. Not convention, not tradition, not guilt, not others’ expectations.
So during the holiday build-up, please remember that what is enough is something we get to determine. And if you decide to forego some of the ‘fluff stuff’ (my client’s term!) in favor of a little extra meditative time for yourself, remember that you are enough, and what you do will be enough.
May we pursue our holiday path, taking time to appreciate the ‘enough-ness’ of the season itself,