Enough is a Feast – 21 Days of Gratitude

This post is Day 17 of the “21 Days of Gratitude – A Challenge for the Whole Family.” I am joining in a wonderful project, created by the lovely Mari of Inspired by Family, to spread the love in November for 21 Days of Contagious Gratitude. The idea is all about intentional gratitude – thinking about something for which you are grateful, every day in November leading up to Thanksgiving, and then tweeting, updating your Facebook status, blogging or sharing a pic on Instagram to show what you are feeling grateful for that day. Mari’s thought was that this would be contagious and seeing all of this gratitude would inspire others to consider what they are grateful for and the good feelings would spread around the globe. If you haven’t already joined in, it’s not too late! Head on over to the Inspired by Family Magazine blog and be inspired by the wonderful bloggers who are sharing a beautiful collection of 21 days of being thankful posts and start sharing your gratitude in whichever way you like.

I have so much to be grateful for, that when I sat down to write this post, I wasn’t sure where to begin. Should I write a list of 100 reasons to be grateful? Should I write about my family and the love they bring to my life every day, or my friends who support me through every moment and make me laugh even on the toughest days? I began to think about what lessons I needed to learn about gratitude and then I remembered the quote you see above. “Enough is a Feast”. This is a Buddhist proverb that stopped me in my tracks when I first heard it. (If you are a fan of Mary Poppins you’ll know she also espoused a version of this sentiment in the scene when she uses magic to clean Jane and Michael’s nursery!)

It is so easy to fall into the mindset that having more will make us happier. I’ve been so caught up lately with focusing on the negative and what I don’t have – things like not living in my dream home, not being able to take a family vacation, or the fact that our dishwasher is broken and we won’t be able to replace it for a few months. Will life be altered because I have to spend time washing the dishes by hand for a few months? Of course not. That dishwasher was a non-essential, and lamenting it’s loss isn’t going to help anyone. All this negativity is just holding me back from focusing on the wonderful things that I DO have in my life, things that really mater. Actually I should be ashamed for being upset about it – talk about first world problems! I am lucky to live in a part of the world where I can walk into my kitchen and turn on a tap with fresh running water instead of having to walk for miles to collect water for my family. So today I’m focusing on the sentiment that enough is a feast. Excess will bring no more happiness than just having enough. I am taking note of all that I do have, and reminding myself that it is already enough and I am already feasting.

I am so thankful for the ordinary and mundane, the every day events. Today, those moments were: making a meal for my family, and having access to fresh and healthy produce to make that meal. Tickles and cuddles on the sofa with my son. A quiet moment to have a cup of coffee in the backyard in the warm sunshine. Finding a drawing from my son tucked inside my handbag. A very loud house, filled with playful shouts and laughter. This is more than enough. This is my feast.

What are you grateful for today? Let’s share in the comments below.

This post is Day 17 of the “21 Days of Gratitude – A Challenge for the Whole Family.” Head on over to the Inspired by Family Magazine blog and be inspired by the wonderful bloggers who are sharing an inspiring collection of 21 days of being thankful posts.

I’m also linking up with Real Life Wednesday over at Picklebums. Pop on over to see what real life looks like for others and share your random, beautiful, funny real life stories.
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Comments
  1. An absolutely beautiful post Ness…enjoyed reading every word…and you made me think a little about what i am also grateful for today x

  2. What a lovely series :) Today I am grateful for imagination. Such beautiful things exist because someone used their imagination to create it.

  3. So true. Enough is a feast – absolutely love it. I have enjoyed being a part of this series as well and reading what everyone is sharing. Oh, and btw, we do not have a dishwasher (and have not since we moved here almost 3 years ago). I know have a washer and dryer, but no dishwasher. Thich Nhat Hanh (a Buddhist monk and writer) talks about washing dishes being a meditative practice. I am not there yet, but like the idea of using the mundane task of washing dishes to reflect and practice on just being in the moment – grateful that I have food to wash off of those dishes, perhaps. :)

  4. This is so true! Sometimes I have to pause and remember this truth.

  5. Ness, this is such a heart-warming post. I love when a post like this leaves lasting thoughts for the day. I’m sure I’ll be thinking of things I’m grateful for all day. xx

  6. Today, I am thankful that wonderful women like you are in my life! Great post. Very inspiring. And a great new quote to boot!

  7. Yep, enough is definitely a feast. Especially now as Christmas gets nearer and people turn their thoughts towards buying more things. It’s the little things that matter, not that we don’t have our own home, not that we can’t afford a holiday this year. The things that matter are that we are all together this year, that we have each other, and that is enough, that is a feast xx

  8. I’m a big believer in being thankful and keep a nightly gratitude journal. Last year I run a challenge called my Happy place on my blog,about appreciating and finding a thankful moment everyday. It went really week.

  9. Beautiful post Ness and such thought provoking words. It is always so nice to be reminder to be thankful and grateful, especially as life gets really busy and overwhelming at this time of the year.

  10. Just beautiful…. it is so important to remember all the wonderful things we have…

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