"Enough" - Book Club Questions
Questions for the author:
Please feel free to come up with your own on the spot. These are just suggestions to get the conversation started.
1. Many authors are writing about enough in terms of simplifying, minimizing, getting by with less. But you refer to your approach as a “deeper dive” than that. Can you articulate the difference in your approach and why you feel a deeper dive is essential to lasting transformation?
2. Enough is such a simple message in a way. But if it is so simple, how come no one has thought of this before? In other words, why do you think that up until now it has been so hard for us to see that “never enough” is a mindset, and therefore a choice, not the overarching truth about the nature of reality, including human nature?
3. You say that you feel we are on the edge of a paradigm shift, the magnitude of which we haven’t seen for over 5000 years. How is this one you speak about so different from other revolutions that have taken place throughout human history?
4. You mention in the book that the shift from never enough to enough will involve the transformation of every institution we currently know in modern society – business, politics, economics, education, health, diet, etc. Why do you feel that and what kinds of changes do you foresee?
5. You say that even the self-help and wellness industry will vastly transform. In what way?
6. So many people are reeling from what looks like a ramping up in vitriol and conflict in the world, and meanwhile the really big crises such as global warming, species extinction and the gap between the rich and the poor are accelerating and going unaddressed. And yet, you say you are optimistic about the future. Where does this optimism come from?
7. What changes can we expect to see in our lives as we make the personal shift from never enough to enough?
Book Group Self-Reflection/Discussion:
1. What was the first time you remember getting the message that you weren’t enough?
a. Whose voice was it?
b. Is it possible it came from someone who also felt like they were not enough in some way?
c. Can you muster up the compassion for yourself and for that person to break the cycle for future generations?
2. Have you noticed how our social norms make us feel that we need need to “buy” a feeling of being enough by accumulating accomplishments and material objects?
a. Has sourcing your enoughness from outside of you ever permanently quelled your yearning to feel complete, content and enough?
b. What kinds of things DO bring you a sense of lasting self-appreciation and fulfillment?
c. (Laurie will describe why you can never lose your enoughness. It is just a matter of acknowledging it.)
3. Try this exercise: Close your eyes. Imagine a night sky. Describe what you observed.
a. (After) This exercise can show you directly how a “Never Enough” mindset limits what you see and what you don’t without us even realizing it.
b. We can invite a wider, clearer and more connected lens of perception in our lives, and the Enough Message can show us how. (Laurie will describe)
c. Now imagine the night sky again. What is different about what you observe and what you feel?