“Enough is a lot!”

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

Some time ago I read a charming story that makes me smile every time I think of it.

It’s about a little boy who went shopping with his mother. She was being very careful with her money, buying only what was absolutely necessary. As they strolled through the store, the little boy saw many interesting items. He asked his mom again and again if they could buy something. Invariably, she told him, “We can’t afford it.” The boy persisted. Finally, he came upon something that looked reasonably inexpensive and tried one more time. His mom checked the price tag and said, “Well, I think we have enough.” He looked at her and said, “Mom, enough is a lot!”

What that little boy expressed was more than just a cute sentiment. It was actually pretty wise. Enough is a lot. It gives us a lot to be grateful for. But how does one celebrate “enough” when the global economy is in serious trouble? When it seems that people have basic needs that are not being met. Homeowners continue to face foreclosure, and many people have lost their savings. Businesses are struggling to avoid bankruptcy and are laying off thousands of employees.

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