Abundance is about being rich in love and gratitude, with or without money. ~Catkins 2012
In my opinion, one of the greatest myth that exists today is the idea that somehow the world does not have enough resources to satisfy our basic human needs. We live life nowadays with a common misconception that resources are in short supply and even worse getting it is an even bigger challenge. I am not going to take this post to illustrate situation after situation why this is false. What I am going to do is talk about changing a mindset.
In the past 30 years, we have systematically been bombarded with advertising that has done a thorough job of helping us shed our mindset of simplicity, and replace it with an ingrained desire for more. We should have more, we should want more, we deserve more, more is our right, bigger is better and stronger and an absolute sign of success. Have bigger, better, and more and you have arrived, you are the ultimate success story, envied by everyone. The 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s was all about more, and the more they referred to was all materialistic. Once we bought into wanting more, they made us believe that there was only so much of the more to go around so you had to be aggressive and pay more for the more. Popular culture created a frenzied society that made us loose our values, ideals and even inhibitions all in the pursuit of more!
So, why is it that though we have more, we are not more happy, more satisfied, more fulfilled or more joyous? We actually feel that we have less, less because in a world of wanting and believing we deserve more the natural human inclination is to compare one’s self with someone who has even more than we have. So, now we have to work harder, longer to get even more!! That’s it, yeah, once we do that, ta da happiness!!
TIMEOUT, consider this, yes abundance does make us feel joy and gives us happiness. However the abundance we seek is not to hoard materialistic items even though having them can promote ease of life and therefore give you more time to enjoy life with family and friends. This enjoyment with family and friends is the element that if we seek in abundance will promote our happiness. In other words, it is not what we have, but what we enjoy that constitutes our abundance. The abundance that we seek is not scarce, it is all around us. Family and friends should be our true investment into happiness and we should use our material items to procure more time and more access to them or even better, to help them. The fact is, the world is filled with abundance and opportunity. We connect to this opportunity and abundance by connecting to people. Not realizing that this is the only way to true wealth is akin to standing in the river while you are parched with thirst.
Start today, no start now. Open your heart and fill it with simple gratitude. Start with gratitude for the air that you breathe, to the food you eat and so on and so on. Every thing you do or have think of it in gratitude. The more you can find to be grateful for the more you will see that you have. Again, remember that abundance comes in what you actually enjoy and what you enjoy is what brings you added value to your life, what improves the quality of life and makes life full and dynamic. A house full of material things does not produce quality memories. Interaction with our family and friends is the vivid, life improving moments that gives life purpose and we all need purpose. Giving our time and receiving the time of others is our most valuable possession. At the end of the day remember this, abundance is not to be acquired, abundance is YOUR state of mind!