Please, sir, I want some more”, was a phrase quietly spoken by Oliver Twist in a request for a little more gruel in a 19th century workhouse.
However it is now better recognised as the rising anthem of greed in the 20th century.
When we sought to be more, do more, have more.
Each became a way to prove oneself: being more through status and titles; doing more through extraordinary effort and drivenness; having more through money and stuff.
Enough has never been quite enough in passing generations.
But in the last few years, I sense a change is in the air.
More has just failed to deliver on its promises.
There’s an undercurrent rising in favour of simplicity, contentment and generosity. Perhaps we recognise that more can no longer mean unrestrained ambition and comparison.
And I think this change largely revolves around motive. Why do we ask for more?
It is wonderful to seek to be more when talking about growing our character and spirit.
Or do more when the aim is to discover and develop our best.
Or have more when wanting to expand and share our resources.
More should be made the domain of personal growth not individual self worth.
I think it’s a simple shift that allows enough to find its place.