You are enough


“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”~Mohandas K. Gandhi”
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With Christmas fast approaching I keep getting asked by loved ones “What do you want for Christmas?” Which I really truly have no answer but it reminds me of a great story.

At a party given by a billionaire on Shelter Island, Kurt Vonnegut informs his pal, Joseph Heller, that their host, a hedge fund manager, had made more money in a single day than Heller had earned from his wildly popular novel Catch 22 over its whole history. Heller responds, “Yes, but I have something he will never have . . . Enough.”

It’s a powerful story and the chances are if you are reading this, then you too have enough. If you’re like me everyone you are buying gifts for this holiday season also has enough.

How many people can even recall everything they received last year, or how many couples are resentful when their partner doesn’t get them the ‘right’ thing, and how many more pick out exactly what they want with their partner in order to avoid the former?! So what’s the solution to gift giving for the person who has enough (which is all of us)?

Give the gift of memories. My parents took this advice and instead of giving each other ANYTHING they’ve decided to go on a weekend trip to Boise, experience something new together and go on a sleigh ride. No resentment, no pressure, and not another useless gadget taking up space.

Plan B if you are not giving an experience be sure to make it thoughtful, if you must give a tangible gift it should be personal. Just yesterday I received a beautiful custom shutterfly coffee table book in the mail from a friend, filled with pictures from the Sturgis motorcycle rally that I attend for Danny Gray Seats. It contains so many wonderful memories bound in a book that I will cherish forever.

More importantly not only do you have enough, you are enough.

Are you giving something thoughtful this year or opting out of traditional gift giving in leu of a experience? Do you have an idea or a tradition that controls massive consumption?? If so let us know in the comments below.

Merry Christmas to all y’all!



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7 thoughts on “You are enough

  1. Ramona

    Great post Kristie! This is all so very true. Merry Christmas to you too! :)

  2. Dan Leavitt

    GREAT COMMENTS!! I really like this idea. Can’t tell you how much I have spent in the past on gifts that I thought would be great only to have the receiver feign enjoyment at receiving them. It goes the other way. People give me things they think I need. A new pair of jeans that is not really my style? What are trying to say? I need to update my wardrobe? haha. If I need something I go get it. I don’t like the idea of waiting around for Christmas(or birthday) then asking someone to get it for me. I do enjoy thoughtful gifts that are simple though. I just like to know I am appreciated. Thanks for the thoughtful post! :-)

  3. jamie

    Love this kristie!! Made me smile. So proud to say I know and love such a great person. See ya at the Christmas party! I have a fun surprise!

  4. Erin Rogers

    Hey Potato Princess! Great meeting you & your men at the Reston Wine festival! And thank you for being so sweet to my mother in law, the other graduate from the University of Hard Knox!

    • :) Hey Erin, she was terrific. Actually if you check out my partner Tyler mentioned her in our weekly blog, she’d probably get a kick out of that.!

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