This newsletter is called ENOUGH because that word has so many meanings. I have enough can be about gratitude. I am enough, as I am can be a way of letting down the struggle for perfectionism and needing to be successful in other people’s eyes. I have had enough is urgent, a little bit filled with rage, and the start of fighting to change things. Not good enough is the lousy state of feeling like we are not worthy. Enough pretending is my favorite phrase right now, a way of declaring freedom from fear and calling out the pretense that layers so many actions in this culture right now. Mostly enough is my way of reminding myself that it’s great to be determined and work hard, but slowing down and appreciating the small moments of connection and joy are all I need.
So what do I write about here? That. All that.
I write here 2 or 3 times a week, with my own stories, plus recommendations of art that is moving me, writing prompts for those of you who want to play along, and communal posts about one of those definitions of enough, where we can all compare notes.
I love sparking conversations, hearing your thoughts, and hopefully helping us all drop the need to please other people and find our own definition of enough.
I write you love letters about finding joy in enough. After all, enough is a feast.
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Thanks, all. Here is to us all finding our own enough.
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We will figure this out together.