At a party given by a billionaire on Shelter Island, Kurt Vonnegut informs his pal, Joseph Heller, that their host, a hedge fund manager, had made more money in a single day than Heller had earned from his wildly popular novel Catch-22 over its whole history.


Heller responds, “Yes, but I have something he will never have – ENOUGH.”


Enough – What an eloquent word.
Enough – What a potent word.
Enough – An underused word, maybe.


Commercial advertisements make me believe I haven’t arrived in life if I haven’t got the latest gadget or the newest car or haven’t been to the swankiest holiday destination and that I should have more goodies than everyone else.


On reflection, I realise that I will never be satisfied in life because I do not understand the word – Enough. The truth is, I have been given so much in my life.


There are many areas in my life where I should be Joseph Heller and say, “I have enough.”


Here is a small list that I made after I read about this incident…


Family – Enough
Well-wishers – Enough
Love – Enough
Home – Enough
Office space – Enough
Wife – Enough (haha)
Children- Enough
Memories – Enough
Blessings – Enough
Recognition – Enough
Opportunities – Enough
Mentors – Enough
Financial independence – 50% enough (family)


My my…in making the list, I realized I have an abundance of ‘enough’.


Till I read this incident, I believed, if one says, “I have enough”, he may be branded as a citizen of ‘comfort zone’ or ‘he lacks ambition’ or ‘he is an underachiever’ and so on.


I now remember what P. P. Gyanjivandasji Swami of Swaminarayan Sampradaya had told me – “Spiritual aspirants do not bow down at the altar of the transitory. Whoever experiences the eternal, succeeds in life.”


That message, and Joseph Heller’s ‘enough’ is the bridge between the materialistic and spiritual world, I guess.


What are your thoughts on ‘enough’? Do you agree with Joseph Heller? Are there areas in life where you have ‘enough’? If this article makes sense to you, please do share it with ‘enough’ people.


With love, prayers and exceptional wishes,



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