How Much Is Enough?

Somewhere between too little and too much sits enough. The balance of which defines the perfect amount of what we seek. Or is it a threshold that has been crossed?

I remember my mother at the head of the dinner table saying “that enough” when my brother, sister, and I would begin to act silly. Usually resulting in the separation of us to different areas of the house to finish our meals. My sister would be in the kitchen, my brother in the study, and I would remain at the table. From the different places, all within hearing, the banter would continue, and I would be at the table giggling while my parents attempted to finish their meal. Enough? Well, I guess it was enough for them, but it was not enough for us to stop having our fun.

I thought of the balance that is enough. Silly as it may seem, I thought of the perfect amount of milk and cereal in my breakfast bowl. Growing up, it was our morning staple. I would pour my cereal in the bowl and then the milk. Both would sit out, and I would add more of one or the other until each bite was perfect, balancing having enough of each.

Enough time. Enough time to get something done or to spend with someone special.

The concern of not having enough and the need to hoard what might be needed to feel satisfied that you will have enough.

The end of a meal and having too much. Feeling full and wishing we had not had that one bite more.

Yes, enough is a balance, and many times we do not realize when we have crossed from too little to too much. Assessment in those things that are truly important. In the end, we will have just enough time in our lives; we just must be wise on how we use it.


Raissa Urdiales
Raissa Urdiales
Raissa lived most of her life along the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. She currently lives in the quiet city of Tega Cay, South Carolina, just across the border from the very active art community of Charlotte, North Carolina. Raissa has not always considered herself as an artist. She spent a great portion of her adult life staring into computer screens and managing computer system implementations and upgrades in the traditional corporate setting. It was through a chance paint night that she discovered her passion for painting. On her 51st birthday, she treated herself to some acrylic paints and brushes and has not stopped painting since. She balances her passion for creating with her day job as a systems analyst. In the wee hours of the morning, you will find her painting before she immerses herself in the technology that is consuming the world today. Although Raissa does not have formal training in the arts she is very conscious of the benefits it has on the human psyche. She holds a Bachelor's of Science majoring in Psychology where she focused her studies on Organizational Psychology. Through her corporate career, she has learned how to strike a balance between that which provides monetary reward and that which fulfills us as humans. For her, this balance is obtained through painting, writing, and exercise. She is currently a member of the Guild of Charlotte Artists where she exhibits select pieces during the quarterly art shows in and around the Charlotte Metropolitan Area. She has also submitted and is featured regularly in the Light Space & Time online gallery. When she is not painting or working with computer systems, she is writing. She currently has a column with BIZCATALYST 360° named “Artful Being” where she writes on topics both in and out of her corporate life to help others gain balance on what it is to be human.

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  1. YES, BALANCE! It’s so elusive, especially today- or perhaps as I’ve gotten older, it’s gotten harder to maintain the healthy boundaries and mindset that are crucial to a proper balance of things.

    I come from an all-or-nothing family and mindset, which means that I’ve always thrown myself pell-mell into something and let it consume me, becoming part of my identity. I remember being the “horse girl” growing up, working on two different farms and riding multiple horses a day. When I fell into IT consulting, becoming a certified Scrum Master and Project Manager were the only things I thought of. Now as a business owner and freelancer, I’m having to redefine my boundaries, reshape my intuition, and realign my values and beliefs with my ambitions and goals. It’s not easy, though the good things in life never are, eh?

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