Our theme for this week is prosperity Yesterday, I suggested that you consider digging a little deeper into what prosperity and wealth means to you and to consider your values.
When I was younger, I thought that prosperity and wealth was all about the big house, the nice car, the landscaped property, you know … it was all about the stuff. Then, I suddenly had the stuff – car, home, jewelry, travel – and just as suddenly it was gone. I didn’t miss the stuff … I missed the freedom. For me, that was and still is the value of prosperity. Freedom.
For you, it may be something entirely different.
Prosperity is a way of living and thinking, and not just money or things. Poverty is a way of living and thinking, and not just a lack of money or things. ~ Eric Butterworth
Abundance, prosperity, wealth … whatever you may call it … is all in how you define it and how you feel about it. I know some very wealthy people who cry poverty and believe it. They have the stuff but no true pleasure from it. I know other folks who are in the opposite boat financially and yet, their joy in life is exuberant. I’m not suggesting that we need to be poor to be happy – nor do I think we need to be rich with all the bling. Instead, we need to know what’s important to us, in our heart.
What we need is to gain a broader perspective on the topic.
To gain perspective we need to take a few steps back. I know, it’s difficult sometimes. Maybe you don’t have enough to pay the bills, or you know that you are one flat tire away from a real financial problem. Maybe you wish you could be more generous with your family or friends … or with yourself and you feel too limited. It difficult to step back from it all when it seems to be pressing in on all sides. Do it anyway.
Today, you can explore:
- Where do you stand? What is your current condition? What is your current need? Where are you right here and right now.
- Where do you want to be? What is your current desire? If life could be perfect what would it look like? More important – what would it feel like? Imagine the stuff – imagine how you would feel – imagine the stuff gone and the feeling remaining. Sink into that feeling.
- What are the obstacles? Yes, it might be your job, your expenses, that student loan, the higher rent. These are important to acknowledge. Now look deeper – what are your beliefs about money? about wealth? about stuff?
Be the observer. Do it with clarity and do it with kindness. See where it takes you.
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