Will It Ever Be Enough?

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Freedom From Want

Norman Rockwell’s painting “Freedom from Want” depicts a family gathered around the Thanksgiving dinner table expressing that they have enough for what they need. What strikes me most is that the setting isn’t elaborate. It’s simple, relational, and cheerful.

This image sets the stage for three planning questions. As we approach these questions over the next few weeks, do so with the thought of what your Norman Rockwell “Freedom from Want” looks like for you.

The first question is: How Much Is Enough for Me? In other words, how much money do I need to keep for my spouse and me in order to maintain our desired lifestyle?

That may seem like a silly question. You can have just about anything in this world you want. There probably aren’t many things you truly want and don’t have. If that’s true, that makes the question even more crucial.

When it comes to answering the question, it is probably less than you think. Most likely, it is somewhere between the two extremes of never enough and giving away everything.

Right now, write down an amount of money that matches the lifestyle you feel is appropriate for you to live. To consciously quantify the amount creates the opportunity to do serious planning that accomplishes your heart’s deepest desires in life.

Discuss this amount with your spouse, and then send me an email at [email protected] to start aligning your plans with the answer to the question: How much is enough for me?

Wealth is more than money. Don’t just plan for your future, live it right now. Pass it on and share the insights like this that you find valuable.


“I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn’t touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.”—Mother Teresa

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