enough is enough

By Louise Sukle
Editor & Publisher
Woman Newspapers

Money. It's something we all use every day, but rarely talk about except to complain that we don't have enough of it.

We get resentful about money, blaming everyone - lawyers, big businesses, politicians - for our financial woes. If we can blame someone else, then our money problems wouldn't have to be a result of our own choices, right? It's a trap that leaves us feeling helpless.

Kurt Vonnegut used to recount a conversation he had with fellow author Joseph Heller. The two writers were at a party thrown by a billionaire when Vonnegut joked, “How does it feel to know that our host makes more in one day than Catch-22 (Heller’s best-known work) has made in its entire history?” Heller responded, “I’ve got something he can never have. I’ve got Enough.”

If you don’t know why you’re earning and spending money, then you can’t say when you have Enough. Take time to really think about what having Enough means to you.

One of my fondest recollections is the purchase of our first brand new car. No more engine troubles from our aging Ford Fairlane. No more borrowing a car from my parents. My enthusiasm came from more than owning a new car. My husband and I were both working full time and college loans and credit card debts were paid off. My joy came from having Enough, living at peace with our financial world, knowing that we were finally able meet our obligations.

Knowing that you have Enough can be better than having billions of dollars. If you’re obscenely rich but aren’t happy, what good is your money? But how much is Enough?

Living richly means figuring out what to spend our time, money, and energy on — and what to ignore. It’s not how much we have that makes us happy or unhappy, but how much we want. Since we can’t have everything, contentment comes from having Enough - not too little and not too much.