Good Sunday, HaQ readers! Where I am, the heat of summer is finally moderating, the nights are cooling off and morning air is sweet. Perfect for a Sunday morning walk. As part of a promise to them, I have taken my dogs out for a romp each of the last two Sunday’s. I would like to do more of those. For now – this is enough.
Enough. I was thinking about that word. (Yes, I think about stuff like that – call it a professional hazard.) It occurred to me, that in this world where there’s a lot of shouting about making things XXXX-er, sometimes you don’t need xxx-er. You just need enough. And you need just enough.
When I thought about that it made me breathe deep and let it out slow. Isn’t there something awesome about having just enough?
Just enough of a wonderful dinner to feed everyone well and to have a fabulous lunch the next day, and then it’s a lovely memory and you don’t have to clean up after it any more. Just one square of gorgeous chocolate to savor slowly while it gives up its secret flavors, and letting your palate enjoy whatever lingers, for however long it will. When you give yourself fully to the taste and scent of any one food, just enough may be a lot less than you imagined. It’s wonderful to so completely enjoy a meal that gives its everything to you.
There is a beauty and simplicity to “just enough”. As in: One small handful of wild berries gathered on a morning walk, just enough for your cereal. One slow walk with the dogs, just enough time to breathe in the morning air and let out some lingering frustration. Sitting in a quiet, sunny spot for just enough time to enjoy a cup of tea and two biscotti and one chapter of a lovely book on a sunny afternoon. A space. A grace. A wedge of peace in all the busy of your day. It’s not so many cookies that your teeth feel sticky. Not so much tea that all you can think about is finding a rest room. Not so much time that you feel guilty for now having to squeeze in other things you need or want to get done. Just enough. You found loveliness. You enjoyed it. And you carry it with you. Breathe in. Breathe out. Move on.
I hope you find loveliness, HaQ crew. And I hope you find just enough.
Stay tuned for more on the Here’s a Quarter blog next week! As always, your thoughts and comments are always welcome – they are moderated (I know – adulting again), so they may take a little while to appear, but I read them all and appreciate that you were here. Thank you!