Friday, April 7, 2017

Enough is Enough (Five Minute Friday)

I'm very excited to again this week join a talented group of women who connect each Friday in an online, unedited flash mob free write based on a one-word prompt from our fearless leader Kate Motaung. My timer is set for 5 minutes; let's see where the word "enough" takes me.

What's "enough"? Most people would agree that the definition of enough of one thing or another varies, sometimes wildly so, from one person to another. 

I read once about a man who committed to owning only 100 items, including clothes (if I remember correctly). I thought about it and even played around with a list of the 100 things I'd keep, but I finally gave up. 100 things isn't enough for me. In my ideal world, and what I'm actually striving for, is to own only things that I use regularly or that bring me true joy. That would be enough.

I'm also pondering how I can live in a much-smaller home, perhaps even a tiny house. My current home, with two bedrooms, a large living room, large kitchen, and full (unfinished, thank goodness) basement is far more than enough living space for me. 

I've been very blessed. I've always had enough food, enough clothing, enough of most of the stuff of life. But if I were being totally honest, there are some things I can never get enough of.

  • time with my son and daughter 
  • time with good friends
  • laughter 
  • travel
  • autonomy in my job
  • hugs from people I love 
  • books
  • puppies and dogs of almost any breed
  • crab legs, although
  • college and professional football
  • dancing -- not watching, but doing
  • singing along with the radio -- oldies, classic country 
  • road trips
  • chocolate ice-cream 
  • Southern sweet tea
  • learning new things
  • the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Blues
  • uncongested, uneventful commutes to and from work 
  • sunny days with temperatures between 70 and 95 
  • days at work without meetings 
  • popcorn -- salty and with more than a bit of melted butter
  • time on the beach, or at least close to a very large lake


  1. Love your list! What a great way to think of the concept, and reorient our perspectives towards what really does matter. Going to go and get some buttery, salty popcorn now ;)

    1. Thank you for visiting and for your kind words, Emma!

  2. Puppies and popcorn...I'm with you there!

    With the puppies, we decided (we're rural) that we'd never turn away a stray, no matter what, and the house is dedicated to the dogs. It's their world; we just live in it. And they give me a reason to keep on living, as my illness worsens.

    And popcorn! Gotta share it with the beasts, though.

    #1 at FMF this week.

    1. Andrew, I'm honored that you visited -- I've been reading your blog and words do not begin to describe how much it touches me. I lost my husband 7 years ago; he was 47 when he was diagnosed (no symptoms, no family history), and we lost him 6 weeks later. You have been in my prayers since I first read your blog, and I'm so sorry to hear that your condition is worsening. {{{{{hugs}}}}

  3. "or at least close to a very large lake!" Yes, Lord. This is a great list and you've given me an idea for our Thanksgiving "question." THANKS. #14 at Kate's.

    1. Thanks so much for visiting, Susan. I'd love to hear more about your Thanksgiving "question" :)

  4. May we never get enough of those things which are most meaningful and priceless. Glad to have stopped here this morning!

    1. Thank you for doing just that -- stopping here -- and for staying to post a comment. :)

  5. That is a great list, Patti. Many of them made me laugh (what is that "although" about next to the crab legs? ha ha). But it's so true. The things we can never get enough of are what make life worth living.

    1. I have no idea what the "although" is about! :) I type as fast as I can and then post without reading -- the English teacher would edit otherwise. lol

  6. I really loved your take on this word! So clever and I read it this morning and my own 'list' has been floating around my head all day. Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your weekend!

  7. Haha, I loved your list. You made me smile. Gonna make my own today.
    Have a great week!
    Shauna (Your neighbour in FMF13)

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Shauna. Now that I'm home (from my daughters), unpacked, and laundry done, I'm planning to read more of the lists -- looking forward to yours. :)