“Our discontent is fueled by the myth of more.”
My brilliant dad, Gary Brandenburg, recently said that in a sermon. It hit me so hard I had to do some major self-reflection.
I am a person who always wants more. This started at a young age:
Why have one Whopper when you can have two?
Why have one doughnut when you can have eight?
Why join one sport when you can play them all?
Why audition for just the school play when you can audition for the community theatre play, too?
Why volunteer in just one church ministry when you can volunteer in multiple?
But it doesn’t stop there. I don’t want to simply DO everything, I want to EXCEL at everything. So I can not only have more activity and excitement, but I can have more accolades and achievement.
I know I’m not the only one. I think our current culture drives this mindset through all the pleasant distractions that trick us into fulfillment.
The result? This “myth of more” causes major boundary issues, and it is completely unrealistic.
When I am consumed by the myth of more, I say yes to too much. I overdo it. I crash. I let myself down. I let others down – typically, the ones who matter most to me.
I can’t do everything and do every thing well.
When I’m rushing to find satisfaction from achievement or excess or MORE, I can’t be present. I can’t be satisfied.
This Thanksgiving week, I have purposefully taken a week off from my usual schedule to meditate daily, enjoy good meals, have fun with my family, read fiction instead of non-fiction health books, spend quality time with my husband, and just BE. When I catch my mind spinning on things I “have to” or “need to” do – usually those things driven by a need to find fulfillment in distraction – I stop my thoughts, take a deep breath through my nose, and tell myself, “This week I am resting. That can wait.”
It is a beautiful thing. I always find contentment when I choose to be present and grateful.
So wherever you are reading this, take a deep breath, hold it, let it out slowly, and tell yourself that you already have everything you need, right in front of you!
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:19