When Is Enough ENOUGH?

When is Enough ENOUGH?

What exactly IS ‘enough?’ Is it enough food, shelter, money, transportation, education, love, happiness, peace of mind, clean water, clothes, shoes, toys, jewelry, etc.? Is it enough friends or family?

Or is it a higher-paying job than the the person next door? The latest and greatest technology? The biggest TV? The fanciest car? The biggest house? What makes us happy–truly happy? Is it having more than the next person?

Or is it having just what you need, the love of your life, enough of everything?

Here are some great quotes on ‘enough:’

“The longer I live, the more I read, the more patiently I think, and the more anxiously I inquire, the less I seem to know…Do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly. This is enough.”
― John Adams, The Letters of John and Abigail Adams


“A tomb now suffices him for whom the world was not enough.

[Alexander the Great’s tombstone epitaph]”



It is enough for me by day
To walk the same bright earth with him;
Enough that over us by night
The same great roof of stars is dim.

I do not hope to bind the wind
Or set a fetter on the sea —
It is enough to feel his love
Blow by like music over me.”
― Sara Teasdale, Love Songs


“I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something.”
― Jackie Mason


“Praying, we usually ask too much. I know I do. Sometimes we even demand. I think I am learning to ask enough for the moment–not for the whole year, utterly veiled in mystery; not even for the week, the month ahead; but just for today.

Jesus said it all when He told us to pray: ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’

That bread is not only material, it is spiritual; in asking for it, we ask for a sufficiency of strength, courage, hope and light. Enough courage for the step ahead–not for the further miles. Enough strength for the immediate task or ordeal. Enough material gain to enable us to meet our daily obligations. Enough light to see the path–right before our feet.”
― Faith Baldwin, Many Windows, Seasons of the Heart


“You will never get everything in life but you will get enough.”
― Sanhita Baruah


Here are a few “enoughs” in my life that make me smile to this day:

  • making enough earrings and bracelets for Toys for Tots one year for the teens
  • adopting a street cat who had some serious health issues; we only had him for nine months, but we gave him a good and loving life in the time he had
  • the time I wrote the history of my parents’ marriage (at that time it was on their 40th wedding anniversary)
  • the times I have held my two granddaughters when they were babies and I fell in love with them forever
  • the day I married the Crankee Yankee
  • putting out food and water every night for the strays in our neighborhood

So–what is enough for you? Give it a think or two.