We live in a 1500 square foot flat in a triplex with our own bathroom that has cold and hot running water 24 hours a day. We have so much food in our kitchen that we could eat for two weeks without grocery shopping. We have our own car and when we needed two, we had more than one.
All of society tells us that’s not rich; that’s just regular. But if I compare our lives to the quality of life of most humans throughout history, rather than to Paris Hilton, then I know I’m indeed rich.
The media message is unrelenting: “You don’t have enough.” “You’re not doing enough.”
“You aren’t enough.”
We may not have a master bath but:
I’m quite certain my children eat better than Queen Victoria did.
We carry powerful computers in our pockets.
We have drawers stuffed full of clothes.
We have enough; more than enough.
I recently read a reputable study found that 30% of the food bought in grocery stores is ultimately thrown away. I don’t know the best means to get all my extra food to a hungry belly rather than my compost bin, but I’m certain it would be the right thing to do.
The spiritual truth for the vast majority of us: We have enough. We do enough. We are enough.