How to Know When Enough is Enough – 3 Examples

Enough is Enough: Tao Te Ching verse 9 week 11 Saturday Morning Mastermind


When Enough is Enough…

I’ve had it! Enough is enough! Many of us have said this to ourselves at some points during our lives when we’ve realized something needs to change or we’ve come to a breaking point. Maybe it’s an incessant negative thought, perhaps a way of being in our life that no longer serves us, or time to remove a person’s energy from our life… “Enough is enough!”

Recently, I realized a moment where I let myself lose the power I know I have within me. I screamed out, “Enough is enough!” It’s a transformational energy when said out loud with conviction.

In reading this 9th verse of the Tao, we’re talking about “Living in Humility”, knowing when to stop, knowing when we’ve reached a point of more is less. “Enough is enough” comes into play here as well, as we discuss living in ego vs living in humility. Ego always wants more, more more… more success, more money, more things, more more more. Here we talk more about the breaking point from this view.

How can we live more in humility and less in ego and know when to say enough is enough?

Especially in society today, it seems more and more things are constantly being created that are actually slowing us down in the long run. As a society, perhaps we need to take a look at where we can say enough is enough, and find alternatives.

When enough is enough Example #1 – Traffic

“we can witness the results of overproduction in the gridlock on most highways: It now takes longer to go from one side of London to the other than it did before the invention of the automobile!” ~ Wayne Dyer

Yet, new highways are being built all over the place. Here in Miami, the roads are constantly being restructured to put more lanes in, because the traffic is true madness!

As more and more property is built here, the traffic gets worse. Enough is enough! Luckily, I can live here very well by getting around easily on my bicycle, and for longer distances, I can take an Uber, and I use the carpool option.

So many people are driving around in cars  with just one person, clogging up the roads. I have entertained the thought of having a car here a few times, but in the end, I haven’t, because it’s just way too congested. And yes, many times I do get around faster on my bike than the cars do. I fly right by them!

So, in what ways in society when “enough is enough”, where can we choose an alternative when we see something like this?

When enough is enough Example #2 -Choice overload

– My gosh, Wayne said it!… “choice overload”!

“We also see this principle at work whenever we shop. I call it ‘choice overload’ – pain pills for backaches, menstrual cramps, headaches, joint pains, in the morning or at night, in a capsule or liquid or powder. And this is true whether we’re purchasing toilet paper, orange juice, or anything else.”

Seriously, enough is enough. We are constantly bombarded in the stores, in ads, on social media, on TV, in the newspapers and magazines. I know my brain feels fried when looking at it all (which I avoid as best I can) and then trying to decide which products are the best for me.

I just did this last week in Whole Foods; I stood there for at least 10 minutes looking at different coconut oils, picked one up, thinking this is the one, but oh wait, look at this other one, and this other one, let me see. Reading labels, and then getting stumped. Enough is enough!

This is why when I find the products I like, I tend to stick with them, flying through the store knowing exactly which product brands, etc that I get for whichever items, otherwise I’d be in the grocery store all day!

When enough is enough Example #3 – Over Eating

This is huge, especially here in America, where portions tend to be overly large, where as Wayne mentioned, there is an obesity crisis. This ties into all this ego stuff of “more of something is the cause of your happiness.

“To keep on filling is not as good as stopping”
– 9th verse Tao Te Ching

Eat, but stop when you’re full.

I know I have moments that I overeat even though I know I’m full, but keep going usually because I want to finish what’s on my plate, or it’s really yummy. If you tend to overeat, try this exercise in Wayne’s “Do the Tao Now”:

“At your next meal, practice portion control by asking yourself after several bites if you’re still famished. If not, stop and wait. If no hunger appears, call it complete. At this one meal you’ll have practiced the last sentence of this verse of the Tao. Retire when the [eating] is done; this is the way of heaven.” (in verse 9, the word ‘eating’ is ‘work’)

And speaking of work, we can overwork because of our ego’s need for more wealth, for success, for the dream life. But how about sometimes being aware of when the work is done. And take a breather and a rest. Otherwise we can burn out, and there I believe we may “sharpen a blade too much and its edge will soon be lost”.

“Come to grips with the radical concept of “enough is enough”! … do your work and step back. Practice humility rather than ostentation and uncontrolled consumption.”

Before closing here, I love this commentary from Wayne:

“Begin to trust in that infinite wisdom that birthed you into this material world. After all, it knew the exact timing of your arrival here. It didn’t say, “If nine months will create such a beautiful baby, I’ll extend the gestation period to five years. Now we’ll have an even more perfect creation!” Nope, the Tao says that nine months is perfect – that’s what you get, and you don’t need any more time.”

Where in your life can you find examples of uncontrolled consumption, whether it’s in society, your work, hoarding, over-buying things, overeating, an intense need for success and/or money?

Over to you. When do you say ‘Enough is Enough’?

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This is week 11 of our Saturday Morning Mastermind study of “Change your thoughts Change your life” by Wayne Dyer

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  • Karen Lohof

    Thanks, Katherine. I’ve long been a fan of Byron Katie. A very good reference. I just had this vision of my huge wood file cabinets full of saved contracts to provide evidence I had done a lot and that I’d felt I needed to justify myself after lengthy illness. This was actually nearly twenty years ago. My insight was that I had felt I needed to be able to prove my worth with evidence and I had some forgiving of myself.

  • Karen Lohof

    I swear, Katherine, I feel I miss so much by not being faster at note taking, whenever you talk. So very many cogent suggestions and points! Love the mindful eating and eating for the world!

  • Karen Lohof

    Mornin’, mornin’!

  • Karen Lohof

    Filling, stopping, overfilled, sharpening, insecurity, puffing, needing saving, retiring – the way of heaven. This is certainly “spot on” for me~! I related it more to my approach on my computer, which is really just an extension of my office/business approach prior to using the computer. It can pretty much be summed up in a hoarder mentality to my mind – which seems more “there’s never enough” when I look at it.

    I learned some things about myself yesterday, listening to why we may find it hard to forgive. I see application here. We may tend to bank “evidence” for ourselves to justify why we are holding a grudge or bad feelings for someone (that can be ourselves). I found a big ouch there as I recognized how much I have a perceived need to have more than enough evidence to justify my thinking.

    How restful to consider, simply: enough is enough.

    • Ohh, an ouch for me as you mention some of the thought about how we hold on to “evidence” to justify why I’m holding a grudge or bad feeling. I have done that several times this week to be hones.

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  • Thank you for this blog post Samantha! When does enough become enough! or sick and tired of being sick and tired. Reading this verse just reminds me that we have and I mean have to take time to smell the roses. There is more to life than just the hustle and bustle. Sometimes we won’t realize this until something (good or bad) happens that will motivate us to stop, look and listen. For example. My mom was diagnosed with colon cancer. After the initial shock she decided to enjoy the remainder of her life. She learn how precious life is, and through this experience I learned it too. We both seeked the pleasure in each and every moment we had together. I certainly don’t want to look back and say I wish I would’ve ______. So I make every conscious effort to enjoy my life, my family and the lives of others. We are all precious human beings, and that is something you just can’t put a price on. That money simply cannot buy. We do not have unlimited time in this physical world so you can choose to live it to the expectation of others or choose to live it the way you want.

    • Yes, Sandy did a great job on this post! Thanks Julia! Absolutely, you’ve got to allow yourself to slow down and enjoy life not just go go go all the time!

  • Awesome blog post and i agree we do tend to get caught up in the game of not having enough or choice overload. I miss the days of work being work and rest and leisure were just that. I’m realizing more and more the value of me time and of less being more. When i choose less that time tends to yield more than whatbi expected compared to when i try to cram it all it.
    In realising this i need to slow down and weed oyt the excesses from choice overload.

  • OMG! Yes, choice overload! I am right there with you Sandy. I love having multiple options but at the same time, I hate having to choose between 10 different packages of the exact same toilet paper! lol and it’s that way with everything!
    I know that all these brands and products represent different businesses and tons of jobs that otherwise wouldn’t exist, but jeez… sometimes I feel like I need a PhD just to decide what food I should buy!!

  • Thank you for sharing! I Love that you are able to manage without a car! I had to laugh at the store choices! LOL When I go to the store I am always amazed at all the choices LOL We are so pampered here! I eat very simply so Thankfully I can avoid most of it! 🙂