August 2, 2015 - 4481 Music & The Spoken Word
Music & the Spoken Word broadcast with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. August 2, 2015 Broadcast Number 4481.
“The Morning Breaks”1
Composer: George Careless
Lyrics: Parley P. Pratt
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg
Composer: Charles Gounod
“Spitfire Prelude,” from The First of the Few (organ solo)
Composer: William Walton
Arrangement: Dennis Morrell
“When the Saints Go Marching In”
Traditional American song
Arrangement: John Rutter
“My House,”2 from Peter Pan
Composer: Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics: Leonard Bernstein
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg
“Standing on the Promises”
Composer: Russell K. Carter
Lyrics: Russell K. Carter
Arrangement: Ryan Murphy
- On the album Praise to the Man and in the CD set The Missionary Collection.
- On the album Glory! Music of Rejoicing.
“The Joy of Enough”
It has been said that when you compare yourself to others, two things can happen—and both are harmful: you may decide you are better than other people, or you may conclude that other people are better than you, which will leave you feeling unsettled, dissatisfied, and discouraged. As one commentator observed: “For some people, the pleasure of having something good is drained as soon as they see someone else with something better. Our sense of contentment is created or destroyed by comparisons. A life consumed with unfulfilled wants is an affliction. The antidote is the concept of ‘enough.’”1
It’s a common tendency to measure our self-worth by our possessions. But the world’s happiest people are not the most prosperous—they have simply learned to distinguish between needs and wants, between sufficiency and abundance. They still set goals, strive for excellence, and do their best to succeed. But their peace and contentment come more from what they give than from what they have. They know that “enough is enough.”
We all know such happy people; they’re found all over the world, in every social class and economic situation. We also know people who seem to have so much but remain unsatisfied. The truth is, we can never acquire enough of what we don’t really need. Endlessly searching and striving for more and better can lead to sleepless nights and unhappy days. The sooner we discover the joy of “enough,” the sooner we will find peace, even in the midst of life’s reversals and misfortunes.
One elderly woman learned this truth as she adjusted to her new home. It was much smaller than the house where she raised her family, but she grew to love the window that looked out on the courtyard. She became grateful for a smaller kitchen, fewer rooms to dust and decorate, but just enough space to welcome her loved ones. Her new home was enough to meet her needs, and she was happy in it.
Yes, improvement and betterment are vital, but bigger is not always better, and less is often more. Ultimately, the most fortunate people are not those who have what they want but those who want what they have.
- Michael Josephson, “Enough Is Enough,” What Will Matter (blog), July 8, 2015,whatwillmatter.com/2013/06/commentary-commentary-833-2-enough-is-enough.