What is “enough”?
It seems our culture has been geared to wanting more, more, more – for a long time. As have I. I’m not sure that we really need more when we can’t manage what we do have most of the time.
I’ve been absent from the blog for the past week + because I don’t feel like I am enough – not writing well enough, not interesting enough, not enough time to write as well as I would like to. I feel as skelliewag says in her wonderful post: Getting Better at Bad: Why practice doesn’t always make perfect, that I am “practicing” bad writing.
It doesn’t feel very good to feel as if I’m not giving my best. Perfect may be the enemy of good. But good or even average is the (good) enemy of nothing.
What does this have to do with money? Maybe a lot.
The perfect budget targets that you meet every time with no variance? It doesn’t exist. That’s why accountants like me made miscellaneous accounts and variance explanations. A target that’s easy to reach is often no target at all. But a target that’s impossible to reach isn’t very motivating either.
What is Enough?
- working an average of 6 hours a day even though I know I could earn a lot more by staying later or working more days – because I want to spend time with my kids and myself
- not working for at least 6 months out of the year
- not pushing to work more on personal projects at home or work projects because 8 hours of sleep is heaven (I just wish the dog got that memo)
- being okay with losing 1/2 pound a week because there’s no race and no prize to be received if I get all crazy
- not spending more than an hour (or less) a day on blogging and not having a ton of blog readers because it’s a lot of work to be a great marketer
- saving 10% a year
- like Grumpy Rumblings, not paying off the mortgage and making myself cash poor but choosing to feel safe with lots of cash in the bank
Knowing that “Enough” is “Enough”. Because sometimes you just don’t want – or need – to be push to be perfect.