How Much is Enough?
What Wayne Dyer taught me.
by Alan Cohen
Published: February 6, 2012
Deciding to like what you see.
It is not our circumstances which create our discontent or contentment. It is us.
— Vivian Greene
I was having dinner with Dr. Wayne Dyer when the subject of money came up. “I don’t need any more money,” Wayne told me in a matter-of-fact way. “I have enough money.”
Well, sure you do, I jealously thought. You have a ton of books on the bestseller list, and you make umpteen-thousand dollars for a lecture.
As I considered Wayne’s statement, however, I realized that it offered a brilliant teaching. Wayne Dyer has enough money because he chooses to regard what he has as enough. His sense of enough is not based on a number. It is based on his willingness to feel satisfied. I know people who have a lot more money than Dr. Dyer, and they never have enough. I also know people who have very little money, and they feel rich. Wealth and poverty are not external conditions. They are states of mind.
Since that conversation, I have practiced seeing life through the eyes of supply rather than lack, appreciation rather than complaint, ease rather than struggle. I have discovered that I have total and absolute power to step into the experience of health, wealth, love, and success at any moment I choose. That power is yours as well, if you exercise it.
Try this experiment: For one day imagine that what you have and what you are is enough. When you look in the mirror, decide to like what you see. When you connect with your friend, date, spouse, or boss, notice what you like about that person rather than what bugs you. When you go over your credit-card bill, instead of complaining about the high price of gas and groceries, thank all the people who brought your fuel to you and your food from seed to your table. When you go to work, celebrate the customers and accounts you have rather than wringing your hands over those you are missing.
If you do this experiment sincerely and continuously for even one day, your life will change. You will feel better, and things will start to work more in your favor. You will recognize that you have far more riches at your disposal than you realized. You will realize that you have not just enough, but plenty.
Alan Cohen is the author of 17 popular inspirational books and is also a contributing writer for the New York Times best-selling series Chicken Soup for the Soul.