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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? 

Photo by Gabrielle-Henderson on Unsplash

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
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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 *

5 thoughts on “Enough For Today

  1. Tom's Nature-up-close Photography and Mindfulness Blog – My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: tom8pie.com (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...
    Tom's Nature-up-close Photography and Mindfulness Blog says:

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    1. Marie Cook – I am a food lover, and cooking is therapeutic for me; it relaxes me and transports me to a quieter universe away from the noisy, busy modern world. I am a Counseling Mental Health & Wellness graduate student, wife, and stepmother. I love connecting with people from different cultural backgrounds through food, fashion, wisdom, and lifestyle in general. To be continued because I am still in the process of discovering who I am as I continue this journey called life. I promise to keep you all posted in the meantime.
      Marie Jeanderine Cook says:

      That beautifully sum it all. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lashaan Balasingam @ Bookidote – Montreal, Quebec (Canada) – Reader. Reviewer. Researcher. Criminology PhD Candidate. Montreal, Quebec (Canada). Want to know more? Connect with him!
    Lashaan Balasingam @ Bookidote says:

    This was very intriguing. It is true that we are always thinking about the next step and have some kind of huge ultimate goal that we hunt down no matter cost. We should definitely take the time to appreciate the present and what we are today too. Great post!

    1. Marie Cook – I am a food lover, and cooking is therapeutic for me; it relaxes me and transports me to a quieter universe away from the noisy, busy modern world. I am a Counseling Mental Health & Wellness graduate student, wife, and stepmother. I love connecting with people from different cultural backgrounds through food, fashion, wisdom, and lifestyle in general. To be continued because I am still in the process of discovering who I am as I continue this journey called life. I promise to keep you all posted in the meantime.
      Marie Jeanderine Cook says:

      Thank you so much Lashaan. It is hard to balance both, staying present and planning for the future without getting distracted.

    2. Marie Cook – I am a food lover, and cooking is therapeutic for me; it relaxes me and transports me to a quieter universe away from the noisy, busy modern world. I am a Counseling Mental Health & Wellness graduate student, wife, and stepmother. I love connecting with people from different cultural backgrounds through food, fashion, wisdom, and lifestyle in general. To be continued because I am still in the process of discovering who I am as I continue this journey called life. I promise to keep you all posted in the meantime.
      Marie Jeanderine Cook says:

      Yes of course, it is about balancing and not letting tomorrow’s worries get in the way of today’s matters.

      (Reply to Today Matters- Be Present). I mistakenly clicked spam instead of approved button. I truly appreciate your comment. Thanks for the insight.

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