Enough Already

- posted March 21, 2020

I have had more than enough.

I have had enough. I have had more than enough. And so has almost everyone I know. For decades, the world has gotten increasingly faster and more complex. Everyone is struggling in one way or another to keep up — financially, socially, intellectually, politically. Working frantically to make things better for ourselves, for each other, for the planet. Most well-intentioned, all racing to a moment where we can relax and take a breath. 

Well, if you are not engaged in the immediate work of getting people home safely, or keeping the population well or our base systems functioning, your time is here. 

Most of us are home now. We have our shopping done, and good news, the stores are staying open and the shelves are being re-stocked, so it turns out we have enough. Some have purchased more than enough in the hope of profiteering, but we (and Google and Amazon and Kijiji) have had enough of that. 

Now, we have some time. A void — which is part of the fear for many. Like the cartoon coyote who runs off the edge of the cliff and stays in the air until he realizes there’s no ground underfoot, we hover, suspended, looking at the audience in disbelief. 

So this is the moment, and we have a choice.

So this is the moment, and we have a choice. 

We can fill the mental, social, emotional void.

Get busy, watch the news, binge junk food, scroll social media, yell at the kids, have a few more drinks, lock the doors and stay distracted. It’ll pass. 

Or, we can stop, take a moment, breathe, and look around.

Get uncomfortable.

Get uncomfortable, get comfortable being uncomfortable, and then get more comfortable with getting quiet.

Jiddu Krishnamurti said, “It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”  

It is clear that there are unknown difficulties ahead. But we will all be better served by increasing our true resilience, which is not to be confused with bravado. This includes being rested, realistic, flexible, and to quote Brené Brown, whole-hearted. 

And if, after a bit of quiet, your mind needs to engage in something, consider this: we have already proven over a few short days that we can change. The question now is, what will we choose to change into? 

For now, the skies over China are clearing, the canals in Venice, too. If we can keep our minds more clear, maybe we can find new ways forward when this is all said and done. 

Maybe we can take this time to reconsider our work models, our supply chains and our industries with an eye toward right-sizing and right-sourcing for a population that, for the most part, has enough. Maybe we don’t have to gear back up to 100% across the board. Maybe we can take some pressure off of all our systems — focus where it is most needed and then do just enough to do some good for future generations.

Recognizing that we have enough — we always have — and knowing that we are enough, just might be enough to guide us to move forward in better ways.