I attended a meeting with a group of entrepreneurs where a member asked if growth (in business) was good just for the sake of it. The question stuck with me, I found it both profound & insightful. It’s my belief that much of our experience is framed by the questions we ask of ourselves and the world around us. So when this young woman, who was perfectly successful and content with her business, asked if she should want to grow it just “because” got me thinking about how we so often get caught up in the more, that we forget to identify what is enough.
Eckhart Tolle put it very well when he said, “The ego identifies with having, but its satisfaction in having is a relatively shallow and short-lived one. Concealed within it remains a deep-seated sense of dissatisfaction, of incompleteness, of “not enough.” He goes on to say, “No ego can last for long without the need for more. Therefore, wanting keeps the ego alive much more than having. The ego wants to want more than it wants to have. And so the shallow satisfaction of having is always replaced by more wanting.”
We so seldom enjoy the concept of enough. Sometimes we have enough, we have plenty more than enough and we just don’t take a moment to realize it, to appreciate it. So although I am in love with the concept of growth, I am absolutely aware the growth that I want to inspire in others, is the conscious growth. The kind that comes from knowing what you have and appreciating it. From knowing that you are whole and complete right here, right now and at the same time you want to find new challenges and ways of expressing yourself.