First of all, welcome to the A-Z blogging challenge for April that I somehow, in a mad moment, signed up for. Now, I’m supposed to keep blog posts short… about 200-300 words. If you’ve read any of my previous posts you will probably have spat your coffee out al over the keyboard reading that. My posts have a tendency to be longer… much longer! But that is because I really want to get my subject across. So, during this month I will TRY to keep things shorter, but don’t come after me with picks and shovels if I revert. It’s my nature, see. Can’t help it!
Right, first letter for the first day…. A.
And for ‘A’ I’ve decided to write about Abundance and what it means in the premise of this blog’s title.
Abundance can mean many things to many people, but to most people it means wealth in the form of bright shiny things… money, jewellery, cars, gadgets. Which is great, but some of us tend to live from hand to mouth in these dire economic times and the closest we get to a fortune is a couple of numbers comig up on the Lottery. So should we feel bad about it? Are we really as poor as all that? Well, no, but it takes a change of mindset. You see wealth comes in many forms. Money is important, yes, especially if you have none and no food in the cupboard, but on the other hand, people with money aren’t always happy either. Happiness needs to come from thinking differently about what you have rather than what you have not. I’m always struck by the images I’ve seen of people around the world who have even less than the poorest in this country. Somehow they still seem to smile, even laugh; their faces are relaxed and their children play happily in the dirt. I’m not saying that their lives are happy all of the time, or that we should go and retire to a mud hut in deepest Africa but it does seem to prove the point that wealth alone will not make you happy.
So instead of dwelling on what you don’t have (and I could give you a list worth a whole rainforest of the things I could put on my wish list), look at what you have around you now. Not just material stuff but people, environment, skills. Once you have discovered all of that new treasure, celebrate it, be grateful for it and build on it. Learn new skills and maybe use them to try to accumulate material wealth if you need to. Make new friends and build your confidence. Try new things and see where they take you. All of this will generate an abundance of something good in your life. Concentrate on the positives instead of the negatives. Count your blessings. And go forth and be abundant in your own way! 🙂