Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Journey to Define Abundance

To define abundance; if you were to look up the word, You'd find many descriptions that would include:
  • Quantity
  • Ample supply
  • More than enough
  • Wealth
  • Prosperity

...and so on!

I think what matters most is how we define abundance for ourselves.For some it's just having something to eat for the day. For others it would be millions or billions of dollars! Yet others take a more spiritual approach. For most of us it is somewhere in between.

Take a Survey

Just for kicks sometime, take a little survey. Ask people to define abundance. This would be great way to start a conversation in any situation and could be fun at a home party or convention. You may be surprised at the answers you get!

Watch how people's eyes light up as they speak about what it means for them! You can almost see them imagining they have it! Or how they would get it and what they would do with it!

Which is even more reason to start the conversation! You'll be helping them to achieve their goals. Of course, they have to be willing to allow it to happen; but that's a different topic.

Modern Cultures

As we were saying, different people and cultures define abundance in different ways. I'm sure most of you have seen the bumper sticker that says:

"He that has the most toys wins".

That seems to be the way it works today. We seem to think we need more, bigger and better things, to feel abundant. In Our modern culture this equates to power and affluence. But if you really think about it, what we really do, is buy stuff we don't want to impress people we don't know... or care about! Look at what that's done to us!

Less Is More

That may seems strange to some us, but I rather like this idea. Consider how simple your life could be with less "stuff". You'd have less to worry about, that's for sure! You wouldn't have to worry about someone stealing from you, or somehow losing all you have acquired. This would bring you an abundance of peace, instead of things. I personally find that much more appealing! I would choose "inner peace" over "stuff" any day! To just be extremely happy within ones self is more than any material thing could ever provide!

Many cultures thrive and base their society on this idea. Especially those that adhere to a more spiritual way of life. Jesus, Buddha, Taoists, and other great spiritual leaders, all teach us to define abundance as having inner peace with our truest self. That becoming more "god like" is the ultimate goal.

Personally...I think having lots of stuff AND inner peace would be my ultimate choice! Hey; what can I say!?

But think about it. If we are to become "like God"- Who created and "owns" everything- should we not strive to acquire both Things and Inner peace? How much more would we be able to give and share if both of those were true for us?


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