A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough

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Crown Publishing Group, Apr 13, 2010 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 272 pages
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From the moment we are born, we are seekers. Our culture obsessively promotes the pursuit of money, success and self-improvement. At the end of each activity-jammed day, though, we collapse into bed discouraged by everything we have not checked off on our to-do lists, in despair that whatever we have accomplished is never enough. Worse still, when our dreams become derailed by the inherent tragedies of life—job loss, financial peril, sickness, or the death of a loved one—we feel devastated by the pain and injustice of it all.
 
Nationally renowned author, therapist, and minister Wayne Muller offers healing for the perpetually stressed in A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough. By learning compassion and mercy for ourselves and by recognizing what is most profoundly true about who we are and what we need, we can gain the self-acceptance so that whatever we choose to do, in this moment, it is wholly enough.
 
Muller mixes the writings of great spiritual and political leaders with inspirational anecdotes from his own life, inviting us to derive more satisfaction from less and pull gratitude out of the ashes of grief. The answer to what he describes as "authentic happiness" lies not in seeing the glass as half full instead of half empty. In reality, he writes, the glass is always half full and half empty. The world is neither broken nor whole, but eternally engaged in rhythms between joy and sorrow. With Muller's guidance, we may find ourselves on the most courageous spiritual pilgrimage of our lives.


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Review: A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough

User Review  - Emily Freeman - Goodreads

I only got about a quarter of the way in when it started to get a bit repetitive and rambling. Too many other great books to read! I passed this one on. Read full review

Review: A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough

User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

A bit pedantic but overall personal, insightful, and persistent. We need to start by changing our definition of "enough" and Muller provides many many examples to do so. taking the long view (and not the path of immediate satisfaction or short term thinking) is a difficult but worthy habit. Read full review

About the author (2010)

WAYNE MULLER is a Santa Fe–based therapist, public speaker, minister, and best-selling author. His previous books include Legacy of the Heart; How Then, Shall We Live?; Sabbath; and Learning to Pray. He is the founder of Bread for the Journey, a nonprofit organization that supports community organizing and neighborhood philanthropy.


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