When Enough Is Enough

enough is enough

“Can You Say No To Too Many Choices?” Great question posed in this article written by Barry Schwartz who eases us into the idea that more choices do not necessarily give us a greater sense of freedom with his visit to a local market where he encounters

… 285 varieties and brands of cookies, 75 iced tea drinks, 40 toothpastes, 230 soups, 175 salad dressings, and 275 cereals.

What’s the big deal, you say? Studies are showing that more choices have not made us more happy. More stressed? Yes. More depressed? Yes. More anxious? Yes.

Humbling? Yes. This is not where we thought we were heading a generation ago.

Fine. Lets go back to food choices then. They’re easy. Right? That is, until your partner asks you where you want to eat on a Friday night after a long hectic week. Ever find yourself replying, “I don’t care. You decide.” Ever wonder, if you don’t care, why you greet their decision with a less than enthusiastic response more times than not? (There’s a great movie scene between Sean Penn and Christen Scott Penn in Hurley Burley that ends with them jumping out of the car and screaming at each other over just this.)

Food choices are easy – except for Sean and Christen – compared to phone service bundles, retirement plans, health-care plans, medical or pharmaceutical treatment options, stereo systems, computers, where to live, who to date. (Now, we even have speed dating. More choices to find that perfect mate faster?)

The article reflects on “how much better choice appears in theory than it feels in actuality.”

Many clients that I clutter coach will offer an ‘AMEN’ to that! In their struggle with too much stuff, the fear of saying no, of not considering or preparing for all the options, often paralyzes them. A phase that I maneuver them through with caution, compassion – and a lot of coaxing.

Here’s a tip if you are having trouble making decisions:

Let go of the need to research every possible choice. Research gives you more information – but more information is not always synonymous with more peace of mind. When you start considering your options, remember to set your goal. Choose peace of mind first and you will be led. The rest will fall into place.

Want to feel good and enjoy your life?

THEN – Live It Up and Limit Yourself!

YEP!  Narrow your choices down. Choose from less. And you’ll gain more of what really sustains you!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on when enough is enough for you …

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5 thoughts on “When Enough Is Enough

  • November 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Pulled this post out of the archives. It seems very appropriate for the times we find ourselves in. Back to basics can be GOOD! 🙂

    • November 28, 2010 at 3:02 pm

      THAT made for and EASY choice … heheheh … SEE, it’s working …

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  • November 28, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    I have really learned when it comes right now to it: Less is more. Learning that is a grand thing … Now sorting to get rid of this stuff is just overwhelming! I realized that I collected too much junk while so sick. Now I am just climbing out from under it all. I feel enough is enough. That it’s not about stuff at all. I am coaxing myself to get rid of things as I go a little each day … is better then not at all!!

    • November 28, 2010 at 9:13 pm

      I hear you, Kerry. Things pile up when we are challenged with an illness. It is so much about balance when we are physically recovering. Your stuff will leave in the manner that serves YOU. Remember, you beat the cancer 🙂 What’s some “stuff” to that?!

      We don’t always get time to “plan ahead.” Simplifying our lives in ways that matter to us helps when we are caught off guard. I know it is important for Ray and I – as sole caregivers of an aging parent – to keep our lifestyle simple AND flexible. I am so glad that we started our “right-sizing” process years ago. I think about that “choice” with gratitude every time we have to run out the door to check on his Mom when she forgets to hang up the phone after a call!

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