Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough… It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity, it can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger, into a friend. — Melody Beatties
We have enough for today
Often we are tempted to believe nothing is enough, including ourselves. Looking at the past can bring out that feeling of not being enough because of many different circumstances.
One thing to do is live in the now, facing whatever situation comes our way. Escaping into the future or the past can only provide a temporary sense of relief. For example, I always wanted to become a lawyer. I studied general law for two years, and have another degree in criminal justice.
My psychology and mental health degrees remain important because they help me realize what I want to do more than a law degree. Often I still wonder whether I am missing out, and this causes the fear of not being enough. Although I still have plans for combining both degrees in the future, it is not happening now. This makes me feel that I am not doing enough; therefore, I am not enough.
Fear of not being enough
It can be a constant battle, but we don’t have to fight alone. God’s grace and mercy are always available. Feeling insufficient or inferior can steal our joy in the small achievements or victories we have. When we are too focused on wanting more and more — a sense of gratitude may escape our minds.
Instead of being thankful, we are asking and seeking for more and more. If we continue thinking like this, when will we ever experience the feeling of “enough?” How would anyone know when it is enough?
Too much of everything
We are living in a country/world that has too much of everything, such as information, opportunities, etc. This can desensitize us to what is in our grasp and warp our perception of impact or success.
We Are Always Getting Ready To Live But Never Living. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is also when I get this? When I have this? When will this happen? When I feel love, then I will happy? When everyone accepts me, then I will? When summers come then?
What about if we start saying, “right now I am thankful. At this moment, I am grateful for my partner, friends, and family. Right ‘Now’ I am Enough. I have ‘Enough’ at the moment. At this moment everything is going like it is supposed to be. My day gets brighter and bright- not tomorrow or my future.
To be or feel “enough” in the present moment, I tend to convince myself that if I do more of this and more of than then perhaps I will be enough. In doing this, we build up what tomorrow might be.
Enough for today — Matthew 6:11
Enough strength for today
Enough grace for today
Enough bread for today
Enough joy for today
Enough trouble for today
Enough hardships for today
Thank you for reading. Part 2 coming soon, I love these series help me to reflect on myself and be grateful no matter what. What are you thankful for today?
I wish you all a blessed weekend. Remember that ‘You Are Always Enough.’
Inspired by Pastor Steven Furtick’s message Expiration Date * You’re Enough Because He’s Enough Therefore Everything Is Enough *