I’m convinced that a successful life is largely driven by balance and moderation. Not too much of anything. Not too little, either.
Those who have been reading the blog for a while now know that I’ve been excited for the release Patrick’s latest book of essay’s, Enough. As a long-time listener of his 70 Decibels podcast of the same name, I was anxious to see how all of the threads and episodes I had been listening to would come together. The show has been extremely helpful for me and I had high hopes for the book. As a patron of Patrick’s work, I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of the book. I’m happy to say that my expectations were exceeded. I’m even happier to tell you that today is the day that you can get a copy of Enough.
If you struggle with balance, this book is for you.
I will warn you that this isn’t a self-help book or a how-to manual. This book will require serious thought on your own part if you hope to truly reap the benefits. Patrick believes that the idea of enough is unique to every last one of us and he encourages us each to seek out our own balance.
At its core, Enough is a book about mindfulness. Yet it’s not another “how-to” as much as it is the world as viewed through a mindful lens. I tend to learn more from seeing than by being told, so this book was a gift. Patrick manages to show what it’s like to be mindful in these pages rather than simply telling me how I might be more intentional with my choices.
Rather than providing a checklist for being more mindful, it felt as if I was allowed to examine the benefits from a more mindful existence. This is something I’ve always struggled with, so the immersive nature of the book was illuminating. More than a framework, Enough gave me a tangible example.
There are plenty of tactical things to be found in this book and several exercises I’ve been experimenting with. The book encouraged me to do more than answer the questions on the page. It has made me far more intentional with the questions I ask myself and has pushed me to answer many of the ones I’ve been avoiding.
By examining his process and feeling empowered to find my own (even when it tends towards more, which it often does), I’ve been able to improve the way I approach the world. Rather than feeling like I’m constantly failing a system that was set out for me, I’m empowered to find and continually improve my own balance, no matter how imbalanced it may seem to others.
More than anything, I walked away with a desire to apply more of Rhone’s thought and intention to my own choices. This desire is yet to fade over two months after my initial reading of Enough.
If you’re looking to have the answers handed to you or a solution to all of life’s problems spoon fed, this book probably isn’t for you. If you truly want to improve, I don’t think you could do better than to study Patrick’s honest, thoughtful and intentional approach to the way we live our lives. If you’re willing to do the work to get better, but could use guidance on being more mindful with your choices, go buy yourself a copy of Enough1.
An interesting side note: Patrick wrote all of the initial drafts of Enough on his iPad and iPhone. It only seemed fitting that this review be written using the same tools.
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