Ever since I was introduced to the Law of Attraction and the benefit of positive affirmation, I have been paying attention to the words that come to my attention at any given time and situation. This time it is “I am enough.”
In relation to the previous post, where I wrote about the need to be more, do more and have more, the aforementioned word of affirmation seems like a light at the end of a tunnel. Well, almost. Because I haven’t fully grasped it and am still rumbling on the meaning of it.
So I turned to Google and began my research. Within half an hour I read probably a dozen interesting articles written by bloggers about “I am enough” and their personal experience of it, and what it is and what it is not.
Here’s what I conclude from my research:
- I am enough does not mean that I’m the end product of external comparison, self-judgement or other people’s opinion and projections of my worthiness. Every so often, I look up to them to determine whether I’m enough or not. It’s not surprising that I belittle myself most of the time.
- It does not mean self-sufficient not perfection. Being enough does not mean achieving the label “enough” by ticking off all the boxes on to-do list that seems to be bottomless. It also does not mean that I have reached the finish line, and therefore I have mastered everything about life. Quite the opposite, it means that I can grow and that there is always something new to learn and achieve. In other words, being enough is a continuing process of doing what I’m doing because I’m not trying to prove myself that I am enough.
- Not knowing that I am enough leads to me become a quitter because I want to avoid disappointment. Not knowing that I am enough made me stay in a toxic relationship. (It was in the past and now I realise why I did stay in it for so long. Thankfully, I’ve passed that stage and am now in a loving relationship with a supportive partner.) Not knowing that I am enough makes me stay in a job that doesn’t even bring me joy. (Ouch!)
- I am enough simply means what I am is enough, what I do is enough and what I have is enough.
- This is my addition. I am enough simply means realising that everything I need is where I am.
Understanding the meaning of this simple phrase is only the first step. Accepting is the next step and is slightly more difficult. If you feel you are not there yet with the acceptance, well neither have I. But that’s ok. Because it means I’m still rumbling with the concept. Brene Brown says that the process of rumbling can even take years, you see.
Writing this means my brain is processing and rewiring itself from the pre-conceived belief I’ve adhered for the 30 years of my life. (31, actually.) If you’re here, you’ve probably been on Google and curiously typing “I am enough” just like I did. Or you maybe stumbled on this post through my social media. Whichever it is, you’re here for a reason and congratulations! We’ve made it this far. Now, keep going you. Us.
What I wrote here may not be the final answer to whatever it is that you’re searching, however. So feel free to keep looking and continue with your journey.
Have a safe, fun and exciting journey! And please be gentle with yourselves whenever you stumble and fall facedown. Always remember:
I am enough.
You are enough.
We are enough.