Enough.

These words hover on my office wall at eye level.   Individually, the words are simple and stark.  Together, the three entities become strength.

EnoughWM

You are enough, all on your own. The emotional abuse toward you is not your fault, nor is it your undoing. You are stronger than this and you are not alone.

You are enough, in your career.  The backhanded, no-grounds firing you endured will not derail your ethics or your integrity. Good things and calmer waters lie ahead.

You are enough, in your skin. We all feel ugly and heavy and unwanted at times. But you are beautiful to so many more than you know.

You are enough, despite your mistakes. We all make them. We should forgive, but also remember to forgive ourselves.

You are enough, as a parent. Though it may feel as if the inane and the routine have beaten you down, your Self is still in there. Let it shine.

You are enough, in every way. Your flaws are not flaws. The person you will find one day will not see them as imperfections, but as what makes you… You.

You are enough, even in your darkest moments. It is not a sickness. The Truth is that without this part of you, you would not be the friend that I adore.

You are enough, in your own choices. Not everyone will agree with the decisions you make. But the decisions are yours to own. Not theirs.

Though a few of these statements are written selfishly, most I wish I could verbalize to people in my life. Some of those people are reading at this very moment. I hope you hear me. If you can’t, may you find at least one way in which you are enough and that you are able to take from these words a little bit of my strength. I am right here with you, feeling ‘less than’ at times, but stubbornly refusing to succumb.

We are enough.
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Enough.

37 Responses

  1. Thanks for this — I totally needed to read this.

    Bee February 12, 2013 at 5:13 pm #
    • We all do sometimes. It’s so easy to forget. Thank you.

      50peach February 13, 2013 at 9:23 am #
  2. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I needed this today when I’m again unable to work due to severe depression. It’s hard to believe, so it does need to be repeated like that.

    Angela Ryan February 12, 2013 at 5:28 pm #
    • Sending you love and strength, Angela. Keep telling yourself you are enough. Because you are.

      50peach February 13, 2013 at 9:24 am #
  3. I needed this too. I’ve needed it all month. It’s a great reminder. ‘Stubbornly refusing to succumb’ is excellent!! In a world where we’re bombarded by media constantly telling us we need to be more and better it’s wonderful to find a message like this and puts life back into perspective. Thank you.

    modmomelleroy February 12, 2013 at 5:40 pm #
    • Very valid observation re: society’s expectations. Sometimes you just have to say, you know what? Screw them. I’m just fine the way I am. Thanks, Mod Mom!

      50peach February 13, 2013 at 9:25 am #
  4. I needed this today. Thank you.

    Whoa Susannah February 12, 2013 at 5:47 pm #
    • welcome, my dear. xo

      50peach February 13, 2013 at 9:25 am #
  5. Peach! I am printing this out and putting this on my desk tomorrow. You are a gem.

    outlawmama February 12, 2013 at 9:51 pm #
    • No you are, mama! Print it, wallpaper it, tattoo it, whatever works. :)

      50peach February 13, 2013 at 9:28 am #
  6. “Enough” is so simple but the hardest thing to truly understand!

    winopants February 12, 2013 at 9:55 pm #
    • it is certainly a deceptively slippery little sucker sometimes, isn’t it? Grab it, hold onto it, and believe.

      50peach February 13, 2013 at 9:28 am #
  7. Powerful and direct post. Like others have said, it was good to read this tonight. . . a good reminder for us all. . .

    Jared Karol February 13, 2013 at 12:12 am #
    • Thank you, Jared. It’s not my typical style and I was fearful of hitting the publish button. But now I’m very glad I did.

      50peach February 13, 2013 at 9:29 am #
  8. Yes indeed, an important message for all!

    Stacie @ Snaps and Bits February 13, 2013 at 8:35 am #
    • It is so important that we all remember our own worth. Thanks, Stacie! xox

      50peach February 13, 2013 at 9:31 am #
  9. Thank you! I’m struggling with so much of the stuff on your list right now — it’s good to hear this today. Thank you!

    iasoupmama February 13, 2013 at 9:54 am #
    • Glad my timing was appropriate. You’re most welcome, sweets!

      50peach February 13, 2013 at 12:06 pm #
  10. Bravo.

    Bertie February 13, 2013 at 10:00 am #
    • Thank you. You know why.

      50peach February 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm #
  11. Do you read the folks over at Just. Be. Enough. ? They often write empowering words like this :)

    jesterqueen (@jesterqueen) February 13, 2013 at 10:18 am #
    • No, I’ve never even heard of them. Will check out, thanks!

      50peach February 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm #
  12. Sniffle, sniffle. Perfect timing right before Valentines Day. Glad you posted it. It was meaningful.

    Kianwi February 13, 2013 at 10:42 am #
  13. Loved this so much, Peach. Thank you!

    Michigan Left February 13, 2013 at 10:55 am #
  14. I love this, thanks for the excellent reminder. I want to print this out and hang it in my office to read again, every day.

    Samantha Brinn Merel February 13, 2013 at 11:07 am #
  15. Love it. Thank you.

    thatbridesgotmoxie February 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm #
  16. I needed to read this today. Thank you for the reminder.

    nataliedeyoung February 13, 2013 at 3:15 pm #
  17. yes. enough of beating ourselves up. enough is enough.

    icescreammama February 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm #
  18. This made me teary eyed. I really needed to read this, so thank you.

    Ericamos February 13, 2013 at 5:16 pm #
    • Hope the tears helped, as they sometimes do. You’re welcome.

      50peach February 18, 2013 at 11:39 am #
  19. Especially about flaws that make us who we are. This was a perfect Valentine’s Day present to all the people in your life. Have a great day, Peach.

    Gina February 13, 2013 at 6:14 pm #
    • Yes, especially that! I’m so tired of saying “I know I’m flawed.” NOPE. It’s ME. :)

      Thanks, Gina!

      50peach February 18, 2013 at 11:38 am #
  20. This made me somehow start hearing “We Are Young” in my head. Now I want to tease my hair and dance around the living room. So, thanks for that. :)

    kirsten oliphant (@kikimojo) February 13, 2013 at 9:07 pm #
    • I’ll join you. My new bangs can be made into a mohawk. Or a pompadour. Easy. :)

      50peach February 18, 2013 at 11:37 am #
  21. Very well said. :)

    Dana February 13, 2013 at 11:06 pm #
  22. So many encouraging words in this post! It’s one for the bathroom mirror, as a reminder every morning. 😀

    Ginny Marie February 14, 2013 at 2:34 pm #
  23. This is so, so important. Thank you for writing it out! :)

    Esther February 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

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