Enough is an often underrated word. Who wants to be described as, “enough”, or “good enough”? We often see it as meaning much the same as, “you will do”. However recently I have been meeting the word time and again in a much more positive context.
First, beginning a few months ago, I began seeing posts entitled, “I am enough” from Tracey Clark’s blog. Wonderful posts from women telling themselves and the World that they ARE enough. We dont’ always see our own enough-ness. We see our faults, our shortcomings, our not-quite-good-right but we don’t see. Too often we don’t see our skills, our abilities, the fact we make a soddin’ great cup of tea. We don’t see that we matter to those in our lives.
We ARE enough. Each of us. We all have something. It might not be the same as someone else we know and admire. It might be a different something to everyone else in our family or friends and perhaps that makes us thing our enough isn’t good enough, it’s not the enough that matters. This isn’t the case.
A second type of enough came to me today as well. I friend posted a link to an article about having a disabled child, coping and HAVING enough, The Atlantic – What My Son’s Disabilities Taught Me About Having it All by Marie Myung-Ok Lee.
This article, if you can get the site to work for you, it seems to be having a funny moment as I write this, is a wonderful account to parenting a disabled young person and recognising ENOUGH. Lee speaks of not dwelling on what isn’t and seeing and recognising what IS. This is something I know is helpful to me. Anyone who has read any of my posts knows there are times when I am painfully aware of what ISN’T and what CAN’T.
Where we can’t go, what we can’t do, what 13 can’t do.
These times ARE painful. When I focus on loss on lack I upset myself, when I focus on what IS, what CAN, I am happier and more at ease. When I appreciate I have enough I KNOW that is true. I HAVE enough.
Now, some pictures.
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