When is Enough – Enough?
Have you ever wondered, ‘How much is enough?’
How many cars do you need? How many properties must you own? How much money do you need in your bank account?
Years ago, Rabbi Harold Kushner wrote a book entitled, ‘When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough.’ One premise of the book was to determine if you would rather accumulate ‘stuff’ or live a life of meaning.
What if you could do both?
Our natural human instinct is to grow and strive for more. Any person with wealth has learned to set goals and do whatever it takes to reach them. There are also many affluent people who are rich in assets but dirt-poor in satisfaction and relationships.
(Even Mick Jagger laments about getting ‘No satisfaction.’)
I am literally amazed at the life I am leading today especially since I grew up in poverty and we needed financial assistance from the government just so we could eat.
I have always had a burning desire to ensure that my wife and children would never have to go through what I did as a child. My desire for more was always balanced with the thought that ‘I will enjoy every moment as I go along!’ Today, I feel so blessed to have contributed to so many people’s lives and be richly rewarded for it.
Our three boys are healthy, intelligent, caring souls who have always brought joy to my wife and I. We always taught the boys to strive for the best but enjoy what you have.
As I grow older I am excitedly expecting grandchildren and truly appreciating all the travel, sights and interesting opportunities that I’ve had over the last many years: having a kangaroo eat out of my hand, watching kids ride ponies, the joyous shrieks of young children chasing ducks and the giggles of a baby who finds the peek-a-boo game hilarious.
My creative side still wants to help more people and I am constantly challenging myself and my staff to find ways to serve at higher levels… and… I like to remind them that we can enjoy many things that life has to offer – one moment at a time.
I’ll finish this little essay with an appropriate poem from – A Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul®, written by my good friend, Barry Spilchuk.
The bank accounts, the cars, the boats
Your assets may be ample
But the best inheritance you can leave your kids
Is to be a good example.