Sufficiency and Abundance (and Merry Christmas)
“We each have the choice in any setting to step back and let go of the mindset of scarcity. Once we let go of scarcity, we discover the surprising truth of sufficiency. By sufficiency, I don’t mean a quantity of anything. Sufficiency isn’t two steps up from poverty or one step short of abundance. It isn’t a measure of barely enough or more than enough. Sufficiency isn’t an amount at all. It is an experience, a context we generate, a declaration, a knowing that there is enough, and that we are enough. Sufficiency resides inside of each of us, and we can call it forward. It is a consciousness, an attention, an intentional choosing of the way we think about our circumstances.”
― Brené Brown
We talk a lot about abundance here. I love the idea of abundance – overflowing tables of good food, lots of gifts, fancy desserts, and strings and strings of twinkle lights. But as I reflect on this past year and prepare for Christmas, I can’t help but be struck by the preceding necessity of sufficiency. It may not necessarily be one step short of abundance, but I do believe the two go hand and hand.
I believe that abundance is something we offer. It’s an overflow of sorts. It happens when our cup is full. It spills out over the sides in an expression of generosity that refreshes everyone around us. But sufficiency is something we breathe in and experience for ourselves. It comes when we take a moment to step back and survey all that is before us and find that what we have and who we are is enough. And it seems to me that without sufficiency, abundance is nearly impossible. So this holiday season, I wish for you a breath of sufficiency. In the midst of all the consumerism and chaos that is the holidays, would you find time to rest and reflect on all the things in your life that are good and enough. And amid that quiet gratitude, I sincerely wish you a very Merry Christmas. I can't wait to see all that the new year has in store and look forward to witnessing it together.