Abundance is Attitude

There’s a lot of talk out there in the wellness and well-being movement about creating abundance in one’s life.  But what does that mean exactly?  What is abundance?  Many people think it’s about having many nice things in their life, or about having the perfect job or perfect body.  These are all focused on the material.  And no, that’s not what it is about.  Abundance is about attitude.  Do you see the cup as half empty or half full?  I struggle with this often times.  I’m looking at the cup of water and I’m thinking these things:  it’s only water, it’s only half full, I want a full cup of water, I want a cup of cherry-flavored Kool-Aid.  I want, I want, I want.   And, because I’m focusing on this want and therefore the lack of it, I often find myself discontent and irritable.  And, I don’t know why.

Ever find yourself frustrated because you don’t have that nice house your neighbors have, or the wonderful husband your girlfriend has, or the envious globe-trotting job you’re old college roommate has?  What’s the main theme here when this is going on?  It’s your attitude!  And that attitude is about lack.  I lack this, I lack that.  It’s a severe and twisted case of FOMO (fear of missing out).  You might as well have on a pair of dark tinted glasses – where everything is black and you can’t see anything in your life.  Because, trust me.  Your life is already full of abundance!  Abundance is everywhere.  Abundance is the very nature of the universe as the universe is one giant act of endless creation and beauty.  Sure, it is also full of destruction, but with all destruction comes renewal and rebirth.  Thus, in the end, it’s really all about creation and the birth of life.  And, that is the trueness of abundance.  It is happening all the time, everywhere.  This includes in your very life at this very moment.

It’s not just the little things – like the roses blooming by the road.  It is also the big things, like the loving parents who are still alive and part of your life.  To, also the things in between, like the kindness of strangers who hold the door open for you while walking into the store.  Or, the annual bonus your company gives you each year.  Or, the shiny pretty color of the lipstick in your makeup case.  See?  It’s everywhere.  If you are not noticing the abundance all around you, then it’s time to take stock of your attitude.  Do you see the glass as half empty?  Do you whine that it’s only water and not something else?  Well, I’m here to tell you water is the best liquid to have in that glass!  Water is the basis for all life on this planet.  Your very body is made up of over 70% water.  Without water you would quickly perish.  Who needs cherry-flavored Kool-Aid when you have the greatest molecular compound ever in H2O?  Again, abundance is right there in your cup of water!

Try this abundance exercise when you’re feeling like you need an attitude adjustment.

Make a list of 100 – yes 100 things of abundance in your life.  Make sure they are not strictly material objects.  Here’s a short list of mine, to give you an idea:

  • Two feet that provide me the ability to walk through the park
  • A pillow to rest my head on at night
  • My best friend to hang out with and do things with
  • Two sisters I can call and talk to you whenever I am feeling sad
  • The sun shining on my arm and providing warmth
  • Flowers blooming on the side of the road
  • A car to take me places where I need to go
  • Money in my pocket to buy an ice cream cone
  • An ice cream cone

You get the idea.  Identify anything and everything in your life, no matter how small.  You will be surprised how quickly you can come up with 100 items on your list.  See – abundance is everywhere!  And, when you see the world from this angle and with this attitude, it becomes a much different place.

Now, do a counter weight for each item on your list.  That is, identify the opposite of it.  Then, write a sentence that says I am grateful for <whatever the item is> in my life.  Here are a couple of examples:

  • Two feet that provide me the ability to walk through the park
    • Opposite: Feet that are broken and I cannot walk on
    • Gratitude statement: I am grateful I have two healthy feet
  • A pillow to rest my head on at night
    • Opposite: I have no pillow to sleep on at night
    • Gratitude statement: I am grateful I have a bed to sleep in at night

Years ago I was in New Delhi, India on business travel.  The poverty there is enormous, with people literally littering the streets sleeping on cardboard strips of paper.  I remember walking through a temple area on those two feet of mine and there was a beggar on crutches.  He was literally a leper with diseased legs that were puffy, misshapen, and malformed.  Even his life was full of abundance though!  The temple lawn provided him a place to rest his head.  The kindness of strangers gave him food or money to live.  The crutches propping up his legs gave him support.  As I walked by I gave him a smile – and he smiled a toothless grin right back at me.

So remember, abundance is attitude.  The glass is not half empty – it’s overflowing.

 

 

 

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