You Are Enough

“It is, we are, already enough.” - Kristin Armstrong, Tribeza
How can 6 words, 2 commas and 1 period say it all?  Well, Kristin Armstrong did it in her article titled, “Already Enough” for the December edition of Tribeza.
It is a local rag here in Austin. It has been around since Austin was Austin, not this millennial, expensive, Instagram happy, bachelorette party destination that we have morphed into. 
DO NOT get me started.
In my efforts to preserve the Austin that I know and love, my husband and I packed up our 3600 sq. ft. house in the suburbs – best school district they have claimed for decades – and SOLD IT!
We got rid of all the stuff and moved to a 1967, one story with 1455 sq.ft.
It is a neighborhood where people drive old cars. People here let the leaves blow from the trees to the yard and into the street. 
Real people live here.
Some have kids, some rent, some built their house in 1967 and are still living in it. But most of all, Bob and I feel like we are home. We do simple naturally.
We like to keep our cars until they are paid off and the odometer hits 6 digits. We are happy that everyone here is different. People are not bragging about their second homes, ski vacations or what Ivy League their perfect child is attending. People here are just being who they are – doing what they do.
Bragging is not part of the casual neighbor conversation. Again – this feels good.
We didn’t know if moving 6.6 miles away and changing our zip code would work for us. All we knew was that the zip code we moved in to in 1992 had changed and we had not. So, I repeat – we just did it!
We went from 78746 to 78745. We only changed one number and moved less than 7 miles further south. And with it, we found our home.
Okay, the stove does not turn on, it needs a match, the oven sets off the smoke alarms every time we use it, the refrigerator is in the laundry room and you must walk thru the garage to get there. And all of this is right back to those simple 6 words, 2 commas and 1 period.
It is, we are, already enough.
I don’t know how to explain this. I know a fancy house with a lot of extra room is what we are supposed to want to appear successful. I know your garage is not supposed to have wood paneling. I know you are supposed to push a button so your garage door opens automatically.  Well, none of that is true for me.
None of that made my heart feel full or real or true. I sit here in 2019 and wonder what else is not true? What else is really blocking my heart from being happy and peaceful? What else is taking up space that is not needed in my life?
We get stuck, we believe things are true that are not. We get caught up in images that are not our own. This year is a New Year and this year I will borrow Kristin’s words. 
Only 6 words –
It is, we are, already enough.
Next time I see her in yoga I will thank her or for this amazing gift.
Good luck in 2019!
You are ENOUGH!

1 comment :

  1. Beautiful and so true! Discontent comes with not being, feeling enough! You are there!