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How Much Is Too Much? by Jean Clarke

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HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?

I Don’t Know What “Enough” Means

TO KNOW WHEN YOU HAVE ENOUGH IS TO BE RICH BEYOND MEASURE.

—Lao Tzu

ENOUGH! GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY RIGHT NOW! The noise level had risen steadily despite Mother’s polite requests to turn it down. This mother was clear about when she had reached enough, but what is enough?

Enough does not stand alone. It is always used in reference to an amount of something, to this much or to less or more.

I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS ENOUGH

“I don’t know what is enough” is a frequent complaint of adults who have been overindulged.1 Their combined list is long. Enough money? Enough clothes? Enough toys? Enough electronic ...

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