Ambrose Bierce, in his Devil's Dictionary, defined enough as "too much."
And it's true. We tend to measure "enough" at the upper boundary, rather than the lower.
Apparently, this is also true for the very wealthy. In the April edition of The Atlantic, a survey of households with more than twenty-five million dollars (that's right, $25,000,000) revealed that most don't feel financially secure.
In fact, the cutoff for fiscal confidence appears to be a cool billion dollars.
As I read through the article, which focused on the many ways that vast wealth fails to make people happy, it occurred to me how fortunate I am.
- I have a job.
- Old Dog has a job.
- We're both healthy.
- Our mortgage pays off in a few years.
- We've got a little tucked away for retirement.
All of that could change tomorrow. One (or both) of us could get sick, we could lose our jobs, and God knows the retirement account has been a real roller coaster ride over the past few years.
But, for today, we're okay. Although we'll never see even one million dollars, we have enough.
Which makes us richer than most of the 115,000 wealthiest households in America.
How about you? Do you have enough?