You Are Enough
The root of most of our problems is a faulty self-image. But three little
words can help us have a happier life...
By David J. Walker
Undoubtedly, the catalyst behind many successes in the world is a need to
prove something because one feels inadequate, but the best path, the path that
satisfies the soul, is one of completeness at every step of the way. Taking this
path makes living a joy, because it doesn't postpone that feeling of being
enough. Being enough is not something we achieve. It's something we are.
The most satisfying path, then, isn't so much what we are accomplishing as
what we get to be, while we are accomplishing.
We get to be the creative power of the Universe, conscious of itself. We get
to be whole, complete, enough!
The purpose of life is to satisfy the soul, and though acknowledging your
accomplishments can help in this effort, it cannot take you the full distance.
The only thing that can satisfy your soul is an answer to the question, who am
I? You are an individualized expression of Life, of greater consequence and
magnitude than anything you will ever accomplish.
When we focus on the fact that we are enough now, the beginning, the middle
and the end of every journey—whether it's finding a mate or getting a better
job—is filled with a sense of well-being. We may complete an experience and even
be thrilled by the outcome, but we know that we are no more complete than when
we started out.
You see, we are either enough right now or we're not; and if we are, then
we're challenged by our enough-ness to live that way.
The problem is, most of us don't listen to the inner voice that says, "You're
enough because you exist." We ignore it because being enough doesn't fit the
image we have of ourselves. We have spent so much time thinking of ourselves as
not being enough that enough-ness seems very far away. We may have a sense of
being surrounded by the Life Force, but we forget that the Life Force is also
within us. And if the Life Force is within us, we are enough.
How easy it is to be Bible-oriented and still gloss over one of its most
important statements, "Man was made in the image and likeness of [the Life Force
we call] God." And if the Life Force is enough, we must be enough.
Being made in the image and likeness of God isn't something we have to strive
for. It's something we must have the courage to accept.
The root of all of our problems, then, is a faulty self-image, because the
natural tendency of mind is to surround itself with whatever it has embodied. If
I embody fear and doubt, I will surround myself, to one degree or another, with
people and circumstances that reflect fear and doubt. If, however, I embody
faith and trust, I will surround myself with people and circumstances that
reflect faith and trust.