Often times, we look at our life through a lens of scarcity or abundance – the glass is half empty or half full. Scarcity thoughts stop us so we can count, track, protect and monitor our limited resources carefully. Not a bad idea in particular when it comes to our financial resources – to not live beyond our means. But when it comes to our thoughts, activities, relationships, we can choose to see the abundance of what’s around us right now, to foster gratitude and an appreciation of each day.
When I thought of doing this blog for the past six months, scarcity immediately came to mind: “What do I have to say?” “Will I have time to do this right?” “How long before I run out of ideas on what to write on?” “Will people take the time to read it?” Those doubts, that little voice in our head, stop us from trying new things. We want the answers before we start.
Over the past month, I’ve felt more energized and excited about actually doing something new and outside my comfort zone. I am shifting my perspective from one of scarcity to abundance. I also realized that I don’t need to know the end before I start the journey. Instead of mapping out every move, I am relying on my internal compass to guide my direction. And the anticipation of what may come next is like unwrapping a gift.
Recently, I’ve rediscovered one of my new “old” favorites books – “The Writer’s Life: Insights from the Right to Write” by Julia Cameron. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the book until I picked it up again. Many of her insights have kept me inspired to keep writing. The first paragraph of the book sums it up very well – “Why should we write? We should write because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world. It makes it directly and specifically our own. We should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and meditation, connecting us to our own insights and to a higher and deeper level of inner guidance as well.”
Live abundantly, everyday.
Words are funny. It is commonplace to ask the question are you a glass half full or a glass half empty person – do you view the world, your life optimistically or more pessimistically. if that question frames your point of reference, what happens to your glass being full or your cup running over? Doesn’t each moment fill your life completely as it happens? The moments may be uplifting or depressing or somewhere in between or somewhere on a different spectrum but , the options are abundant, not scarce.
I liked the line “We want the answers before we start.” … so true sometimes, and so true about relying on our internal compass to guide us!
I wrote a post entitled “Fear or Acceptance? It’s Your Choice That Defines Your Way” that you might find interesting. You can check it out here:
Cheers to living abundantly daily!