Happiness consists not in having much, but in wanting no more than you have. ~ Lydia M. Child
This word prompt comes from The Five Minute Friday website for Christian writers. As I began reflecting on the word MORE, I thought about all the times I felt like I needed to be more, have more, do more in order to be what the world expected. There were times in my life when I felt “less than” because I believed that others in the world were more, had more, accomplished more than me. It took me a long time to learn to love my life just as it was at any given moment.
I don’t need more…
- things to clutter up my home.
- clothes to shove in my closet and be forgotten.
- friends on social media
- TV programs to mindlessly watch
- credit card debt
I need more
- smiles and laughter
- days with my grandchildren
- time with my husband
- “playdates” with my close friends
- meals shared together around the table
It also reminded me of a book I love to read to my students, Just Enough and Not Too Much by Kaethe Zemach. In this story, Simon the fiddler lived in a cozy little house and had everything he needed. One day he looked around and wanted more, so he started amassing a great quantity of different things until his house became too cluttered. He invited many friends over for a party. When the party was over he encouraged his friends to take all of his excess belongings. In the end Simon the fiddler was happy once more because he had just enough and not too much.
I strive to be like Simon – wanting just enough and not too much.