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The Art of ‘Just Enough’

In medio stat virtus,” as they say in Latin, translates to “Virtue lies in moderation.” This phrase emphasizes the importance of balance and moderation in all aspects of life.

But how do we achieve this balance in our daily lives?

It ultimately comes down to adopting a mindset of “just enough”not too much, not too little, but just the right amount that works for each individual. This mindset is crucial for living a peaceful and content life, as constantly striving for more can lead to an endless cycle of dissatisfaction and unhappiness.

This is where the saying “Less is more” comes into play. By having fewer possessions and focusing on utilizing them to their fullest potential, we create more space for the truly important things in life. Embracing a mindset of “just enough” means making intentional choices that grant us freedom and prevent us from becoming entangled in distractions.

Let’s picture some of the benefits. Imagine savoring a simple, healthy meal instead of indulging in fast food. Think about tackling one important task at a time with focus, rather than attempting multiple tasks with diluted effort. Or not having enough free time because you have subscribed yourself to numerous commitments.

Merely visualizing that can already give you a sense of what it means to embrace the art of ‘just enough’. When you choose intention over feeling overwhelmed, you transform stress into purposeful pursuit, prioritizing quality over quantity.

All you have to do is give yourself permission to stop, before the point of diminishing returns.

What can this mindset give us?

Less stress and anxiety: Less striving results in reduced pressure, leading to a calmer and more peaceful mind. Isn’t this what all of us want?

Increased productivity: Focusing your effort on achievable tasks often yields better results than dispersing your energy. This not only boosts your confidence but also prepares you to tackle more challenging tasks ahead.

More time and energy: You’ll definitely have more time for hobbies, relationships, and things that truly spark joy.

Greater appreciation: By slowing down and focusing on the present, you learn to savor the simple things and cultivate gratitude—mindfulness in action.

And less waste, certainly, since you’ll consume fewer things.

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Some people might equate embracing the mindset of ‘just enough’ with laziness. It’s not. Instead, it is about making conscious choices towards efficiency and well-being. It’s prioritizing yourself in a good way while also taking care of the environment simultaneously.

Your journey of embracing the mindset of ‘just enough’ is always personal. What works for you might not work for others, and vice versa. You have to find your own ways and approach it in a manner that aligns with your preferences and circumstances, rather than merely following what the media dictates.

It is personal in a sense that you’re liberating yourself from the “more is more” message spread by society. Freedom is only possible by embracing ‘just enough’ in all aspects of life. Once you consistently adopt this mindset, you’ll be surprised at how much peace and joy it brings to your life. And isn’t that the kind of life you’re looking for?

I’m going to leave you with this beautiful quote,

"Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty." — Socrates

Author: Paulinus Pandiangan

Saya seorang Katolik, anak ketiga dari 3 bersaudara, ayah dari tiga anak, orang Batak, saat ini bekerja di sebuah pabrik kelapa sawit di Kalimantan Tengah. Saya dilahirkan pada 8 Januari 1983. Capricorn.

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