With September being the month of harvest, the last day of the month seemed like a good time to talk about abundance. We have abundance in our gardens, and it is also a time of abundance in nature, as seeds are scattered abroad to be ready for next year’s growing season.
There are two kinds of viewpoints one can have. One is the scarcity mentality, and the other the abundance mentality. The scarcity mentality looks at life as being a pie with only so many pieces. The thought is that I need to get as much of the pie for myself before someone else gets it. Or it says, one of two extremes, either I must spend my paycheck now before someone takes the money away from me, or I must hoard money so that in the future when everything is failing, I will have some money to use. Decisions are made either with immediate consequences in mind, or the extreme future. It is a very self-centered and fearful way to live.
Quoting from Trent Hamm: “The Abundance Mentality, on the other hand, flows out of a deep inner sense of personal worth and security. It is the paradigm that there is plenty out there and enough to spare for everybody. It results in sharing of prestige, of recognition, of profits, of decision making. It opens possibilities, options, alternatives, and creativity.” It allows one to rejoice in another’s good fortune, knowing that my time will come. It tends to see things from the viewpoint of the common good, so it understands that we are all in this together. It is an other-centered and open-hearted way to live.
So in this time of harvest and abundance, let us remember that there can be enough for all if we share, and do our part to take care of each other.
Quotes about abundance
Abundance consists not so much in material possessions, but in an uncovetous spirit.–John Seldon
Abundance is, in large part, an attitude.–Sue Patton Thoele
Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.–Wayne Dyer
An abundance mentality springs from internal security, not from external rankings, comparisons, opinions, possessions, or associations.–Stephen R. Covey
Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend…when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present–love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure–the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on earth.–Sarah Ban Breathnach
Each moment a blessing of abundance, each breath a prayer of thanksgiving.–Michael Rawls
Embrace with joy the changing seasons. For each yields its own abundance. The Energy and Birth of Spring. The Growth and Contentment of Summer. The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall. The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter.–Ilan Shamir
Generosity does not require material abundance. When I think back on the many people who have been so generous toward me, I never think of money or “things.” Instead, I think of the way they gave me their presence, their confidence, their affirmation, support, and blessing — all gifts of “self” that any of us can give.–Parker Palmer
Giving is the secret of abundance.—Sivananda
The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.–Oprah Winfrey
Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.–John Petit-Senn
There is enough in the world for everyone’s need; there is not enough for everyone’s greed.–Mohandas Gandhi
… when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present–love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature, and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure–the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth.–Sarah Ban Brethnach
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