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Heartwings Love Notes 933 - How Much is Enough?

Heartwings says, "Do you know how much you need? Does that conflict with how much you want?"

Not long ago people were treating toilet paper as if it were about to vanish from the earth. One person even spotted a woman loading her SUV with an entire tray of rolls from a store. Other items vanished from shelves as people reacted out of fear of lack. How much I need is one amount. That need springs from a logical, rational approach to having. How much I want may stem from a fear of loss or a desire to own more than I already have, plain greed, or envy driven by a competitive nature.

Need and want are such different conditions. Operating from an awareness of need is different than operating from a feeling of want. I once read a story told by someone waiting in an airport who overheard a mother and daughter saying goodbye. As they embraced, she overheard one say to the other, "I wish you enough." The other replied with the same words. At first to me that seemed a curious thing to say as a farewell. As I reflected, I realized that to have enough is actually an absolutely perfect condition in which to be.

When I have enough, I have the space to put it. When I have more than enough, whether food needing refrigeration or clothing to find room for in our shared closet, I have to become creative about fitting whatever it is in. I may end up shoving things to the back of the refrigerator and losing sight of them, or into the back of the closet and doing the same. Then what I have lost sight of may become either moldy or essentially useless. It is said that much food goes to waste in this country, and no doubt leftovers may be a large part of that food.

Raised in a New England family by a thrifty German mother, I try to be very mindful not only about using up my leftovers but also not accumulating too much clothing.. My beloved, however was raised by a mother who enjoyed abundance and showered it on her family. Sometimes we experience minor conflict around our divergent opinions. As the days go by, my refrigerator goes from full to empty and back again. Our closet, too has its moments. What matters to me is that we work out what constitutes enough for each of us, and that we make peace with our different points of view.

May you discover what is enough and be content without wanting more.

PS What for you is enough? Can you be content with less than you may want? Do write and tell me what you think? It is always such a treat to hear from my readers, and I treasure our responses. You ill surely hear back from me, though it could be a while if I have much to do. Write to me at tashahal@gmail.com. For more Love Notes visit my website, www.heartwingsandfriends.com.
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Blessings and Best Regards,
Tasha Halpert
 

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