“We are mere journeymen, planting seeds for someone else to harvest.”
—Wallace Thurman, 20th Century African-American Novelist
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For virtually all people alive today, the standard of living and the quality of life has improved exponentially over the past few decades, and particularly in the last two centuries.
If you have ever interviewed your parents, grandparents, or even looked back over your own life, things have improved in countless ways.
Consider the idea that all the people known and unknown to you have been farmers planting and cultivating the seeds we all get to harvest each day.
Who in your world can and will you thank and acknowledge for all the abundance we experience today?
Where and how are you currently planting the seeds of a better world to benefit the lives of other’s for future generations?
“Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.”
—Dr. Wayne Dyer, late American self-help author and motivational speaker
Image from Unsplash by Sharon McCutcheon
Take a look at these two lists in their relationship to the concept of abundance:
||Love & Joy
|The Perfect Body
What level of enduring fulfillment and satisfaction do you experience when you acquire the extrinsic items? What feelings do you experience when you tune into the intrinsic items?
What is your personal definition of living an abundant life?
Consider reflecting of Jeff Foster’s Deeper Meaning of Abundance
“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”
—C.S. Lewis, 19th century novelist, poet, and essayist
Over the course of my 21 years as a coach, I’ve seen just about every sorrow and success a person can experience. Peaks and valleys, stepping up and sliding down, are par for the course and no one is immune to life’s fluctuations.
I’ve also noticed that the people with the greatest sense of balance, happiness, and satisfaction are those who experience life events for whatever they are, and don’t hold on too long. They’ve learned to let go in order to move on.
Examine your own life or the lives of those close to you. Is assistance needed to let go of past painful experiences in order to move forward? Consider requesting or offering assistance where appropriate.
“You can only lose what you cling to.”
— Health Magazine published by Dr. Burke’s Sanitarium, of Sonoma County, California December 1905
Are there people in your life you would describe as “clingy”?
Perhaps they hold on tightly, invade your personal space, have an overly strong attachment or dependency, to you or another, or resist letting go of the past.
What response does their “clinginess” elicit from others?
Today’s quote implies that the more we cling to something, the more likely we are to lose it – whether that something is an inanimate object, or another person.
How might loosening your grip on the things you value lead to a more abundant life?
“…If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
– Oprah Winfrey
I watched the final three episodes of Oprah’s 25 years on television – and remembered how big an impact she has had on so many people. Her mantra has always been “live your best life” – and she always provided programming to help people do just that.
This quote, however, indicates the importance of accepting and being grateful for all of our blessings. It points to the current abundance in our worlds and in our lives, and shows how being thankful seems to attract even more good things.
Create a list of all the things in your life that you are thankful for, and keep asking yourself “what else?”
I hope you get writer’s cramp! 🙂
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