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Talking about Enough with Patrick Rhone.
A Visual & Written Essay by c.p.



"We find truth in the things we come back to. The longer you hold onto what you love the more you realize that it is something you truly love. In that sense you don't define your passions your passion defines you." - Patrick Rhone

I'm really glad to have had the opportunity to meet with Patrick Rhone. This guy has amazing energy and a creative spirit.

When we connected we had a total-nerd-chat-jam-session. It felt like we literally talked about everything... our backgrounds, minimalism, writing, art, being an artists, photography, technology, our families, our lives, the universe- the conversation was wonderful. We covered so much ground it's hard to articulate it well after the fact, but since the reason I reached out to Patrick in the first place was because I was interested in his writing I'll focus on that.

Patrick has written a couple books of essays that are both great and I particularly like his book titled, Enough.

The book focuses on the word and/or rather the concept of - Enough. What does that mean? Well, in the introduction to the book Patrick states, "I'm convinced that a successful life is largely driven by balance and moderation. Not too much of anything. Not too little, either. Just enough."

Explaining further, "Enough is a very personal metric. Like our center of gravity, each of us must find what is enough by swaying from less to more until a comfortable medium is found."

Thinking more mindfully about what is enough in my own life is something I've been very focused on over the last few years. The busyness of life often seems to overtake our time and ability to step back for a minute and ask ourselves some basic questions about how we're living individually and collectively. Are we spending our time on the things that make us most happy? Are we spending our money on things that are productive, healthy, worthwhile, important, or genuine? Are we working too hard on things that don't matter and not hard enough on things that do matter? And as Patrick notes - are we living in balance and moderation?

Taking stalk of your life requires some effort. You actually have to slow down. You have to take a step back. And you have to be really honest with yourself about how you are living and why. That process is hard for a lot of people. We don't want to slow down... that seems weak. We don't want to have to stop what we're doing to think about it. And more than anything else being honest with ourselves sucks because it means we're going to have to own up to our own shit. We're going to have to look in the mirror and admit that in some aspects of our lives we're off track. We aren't balanced (in some aspect of our lives), we aren't living in moderation (in some aspects of our lives), and we aren't focused on what is enough for ourselves. We are tired, distracted, sad, lonely, over-worked, over-consuming, or sometimes something even worse. Looking in the mirror can hurt.

But, the thing is that once you get over the pain of the honesty required to truthfully evaluate your life and you're ready to move forward in a better way- everything gets easier after that.

Being honest with yourself leads to clarity. Clarity leads to answers and solutions for living more rightly. Living more rightly, in alignment with your being- your core, leads to more happiness. More happiness leads to more happiness. And happiness is exactly enough.

The essays in Patrick's book are little nuggets of wisdom to help you find your own sense of enough. His essays are tools, thoughts, and ideas about how to get there.

One of the things we talked about during our meeting was farming. I went back to agricultural business school last year and my personal and professional interest has moved directly into that world. Patrick told me a story about his connection with a young women farmer. The story is great and you can watch a talk he gave on it here.

Besides his books Patrick regularly writes on his blog about all kinds of other enlightened topics here.

And you can also find more of Patrick's thoughts and musings on Twitter.

Thank you Patrick for helping me maintain my focus and reminding me of the importance in knowing and living my own version of - Enough.