This week, I tuned into a recording of a call by Kate Northrup called “A Course in Having Enough.” I was furiously taking notes the whole time, and will be sharing some of the amazing little tidbits throughout the rest of this month. One of the lessons was spinning in my mind all day yesterday.. the idea of enough.
I kept playing with it throughout the day, even when we went to Target. We had a list – some grocery items, a few toiletries, diapers.. when I walked through the beauty section, I started getting really overwhelmed. I just needed to buy more face wash. I already knew which one I wanted, but everything else was beckoning to me — eye creams, concealers, new nail polish — I think you all probably all know what I’m talking about here.
Enough came back to me at that moment, and I told myself, “I am enough. I have enough.” It was so amazing. You really have to try this next time you are in Target. I instantly calmed down and felt clear headed. I was able to stick with my list, and I was repeating this over and over each time I saw a new thing tempting me.
It worked because I don’t NEED that stuff at Target that isn’t on my list. I start to believe I need it when the shiny packages and marketing gets into my head, and I start thinking that buying new nail polish or a new mug is going to somehow make me a better person. But it isn’t going to make me more valuable or worthy because I don’t get my value and worth from beauty products, accessories, or housewares. I am enough.