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The 7th Promise of Debtors Anonymous says that we will recognize that there is enough; our resources will be generous and we
will share them with others and with DA.

When is enough enough?  Is £500 enough?  £1,000?  Is a 46” TV enough?  Or is a TV in every room enough?  A car… or two?  
New Shoes?  Again when is enough enough?  What I learned when I was deep in debt that I never had enough.  As crazy as it
sounds I needed more to fill the hole that debt created.
The paradox of it all though was that the hole I created with debt only got bigger, only got deeper when I acquire more stuff.  And
as the hole got bigger and deeper, I needed to get further in debt trying to satisfy my own needs.  To satisfy my materialistic soul.

When I left my previous life at the end of 2009, I left behind a three bedroom home, that I had my own private office in.  I left
behind a three car garage, two home made ponds, and a little over an acre of land.  And of course, a mountain of debt.

I left behind a two year old SUV and drove a 25 year old
Cierra Cutlass that had over 200,000 miles on it.  I moved in a small one
bedroom apartment with a computer, a computer desk and chair, an old TV, a plate, fork, spoon, a pot and pan…. and little else.

The apartment had a couch and that was it.  I slept on that couch or on the floor for the first two months that I lived there.  I finally
purchased a used mattress and it was enough.  By then I was used to not having cable TV, so I got rabbit ears and it was
enough.

For the first time in my debt filled life I had lost interest in material things.  I began taking interest in myself.  I went to the dentist
and felt great when I smiled.  I went to the opticians and got new glasses.  These things always took a back seat because taking
care of myself never helped fill the hole that material things and debt created.

As I began realizing that I was taking care of myself, it became apparent that my soul hated debt and it hurt my well-being.  With
taking care of myself and working on eliminating debt I was able to quit smoking.

With the debt disappearing and realizing I had enough, I began to see I had more than enough money.  So it was time to help
others without enough.  I donated money to
The Salvation Army and felt filled.  The hole that was in me disappeared when I gave
money for those in need.  When I helped others have a happy holiday season I realized it was the best gift I had ever given
myself.

Today I don’t own a car.  I rely on buses, trains, and shoe leather and I have enough.  I don’t travel like I used to, yet I find time to
go to the nearest city at least once a month for a night out and I realize that I have enough.

When I stopped trying to compete with others, as well as myself, I realized I had more than enough.    I have a roof over my
head.  I have clean clothes to wear.  The heat is on and I am warm.  I have a job.  And I am loved.  I certainly do have more than
enough.
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