At a recent TED Event, I heard a speaker talk about the “idea of enough”. I’ve thought about it several times and contemplated what “enough” is and how it works in my life.
“Enough” to me means that you don’t need any more. You are fine where you are. What you have is adequate. You may want more of something, but you don’t need it. Having enough allows you to live a life free of desperation or hopelessness.
If that is the definition, I have always had enough.
I’ve had enough food, warmth, shelter, money, love, encouragement and people around me. I am openly grateful for having enough. Rarely, in my close circle of friends or acquaintances, have I been present to what “not enough” may look like.
My travels to developing countries have brought me very present to what “not enough” looks like. It may look like people begging for food or money, or being homeless. It may look like children who cannot afford to go to school or have untreated illnesses. It may look like loneliness. I have seen anguish and despair many times during my travels and, to me; this means that there is simply not enough.
During the development of our business, people have challenged our commitment to making changes in developing countries. People have asked “what if they are fine with how they are living? What if they are happy?” My answer: it is true that many people in developing countries are happy and some people have enough. Just like in the United States, some people do not feel desperate or hopeless.
Our reason for developing Threads is to impact the many people who do not have enough, people who have felt desperation or hopelessness or who have never been introduced to the opportunity of what having ”enough” could look or feel like in their lives. If you have never been introduced to the idea of dreaming big and doing whatever you want in life, how would you even know what to dream?
As you read the stories of our artisans, you will read that they now know themselves as people who can create opportunity that was never possible for them before and can now provide for themselves and their families.
THAT is why we started Threads. We have always had “enough” – why shouldn’t everyone have that opportunity?!