My friend, Corinne, once taught a lesson called "How Much Is Enough?" She used Hershey's bars as a visual example. She passed around "fun size" Hershey's bars and we all were glad to have a treat. Then she asked us, as she held up a regular size Hershey's Bar, "wouldn't you rather have this?" And then a Ginormous Hershey's Bar--you see where this is going. Personally, I'd rather have this:
But I get it.
A few years ago I came to the realization that I didn't need to upsize my house just because we were at that phase in our lives. I looked around me and realized that we were happy and comfortable and could raise our family in this house. We don't need bigger and better. We have enough.
Now, when I run through beautiful neighborhoods (especially the piano teacher's neighborhood that has tree-lined streets and wrap around porches), it is enough to enjoy the beauty of the houses around me. I no longer feel I need to own them. I have enough. I am enough. I am happy.
(most of the time)