Writer Kurt Vonnegut, published this poem a few years ago about his friend and fellow writer, Joe Heller (Catch-22), in the New Yorker after Heller’s death.

True story, Word of Honor:

Joseph Heller, an important and funny writer

now dead,

and I were at a party given by a billionaire

on Shelter Island.

I said, “Joe, how does it make you feel

to know that our host only yesterday

may have made more money

than your novel ‘Catch-22’

has earned in its entire history?”

And Joe said, “I’ve got something he can never have.”

And I said, “What on earth could that be, Joe?”

And Joe said, “The knowledge that I’ve got enough.”

Not bad! Rest in peace!

We live in a world that too often is more, more, more for me, me, me.

We look with envy at those who have more than us and compare ourselves unfavourably with people who are a rung or two above.

Despite the doom and gloom that we so often hear, we probably live in the most abundant era in the history of humanity.

What if we realised that we had enough?

And then realised that for all of our flaws and mistakes that we were enough?

Would that change how we lived?

I love how Brene Brown puts it in her book, Daring Greatly, “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.  It’s going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.”

And as 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient (enough) for you.”

Are you enough?

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