part 1: a plastic santa
It looks like Christmas exploded…on my dining room table.
Every wreath, reindeer, and Santa I own has migrated into this room. All I can say is wow, that’s a lot of stuff. I blame it all on retail stores and their post-holiday nearly-free sales. I mean, who can walk away from a $45 plastic Santa on sale for $8?
After evaluating this pile of Christmas cheer that hides out in plastic bins 11 months of the year, it became clear that I have enough.
Do you get a high from acquiring and consuming? You know what I mean. That little jump in your heart when you get new designer jeans or a shiny new what-cha-ma-call-it. Unless you toss an item each time you get something new, your possessions keep piling up. There continues to be more.
So I ask, when is enough…enough?
I’m half-way through my life now, and realize that at some point, a person just needs to sit back and say…I’m satisfied. I have all I need. My back isn’t meant to carry any more stuff. Another new purse…or electronic gadget…or house…or car…or plastic Santa isn’t going to make me any healthier or happier. I have enough.
part 2: and the red velvet cake
Think about your favorite dessert. Pick a really good one. One that you love, like a peanut butter pie or this red velvet cake.
Cut a big slice. Now, take a bite. Go ahead…enjoy it. Yummy-yum-yum! Now take another bite, and another, and another, until it’s gone.
Which bite gave you the most satisfaction? I’ll bet you said the first. After the first bite, the pleasure drops. But, most of us keep eating anyway. Even though the thrill drops with each bite, we continue to shove cake into our faces until we’re too stuffed to move. We secretly unzip those designer jeans (just a little). We go way beyond the point of simple satisfaction…and usually leave the table feeling guilty for the 1,000 calorie binge.
The same goes with life. There are a lot of first bites in a day, in a year, in a lifetime. And, most of these are the simple pleasures that don’t cause a deficit in our bank accounts. The key is to recognize them, enjoy them, and to know that they are the key to confidently saying I have enough.
If you want to go deep: What aspects of your life are you most satisfied with?
If you want to go shallow: Would you rather have a plastic Santa or one bite of red velvet cake?