Friday, December 24, 2010

DAY 10-ABUNDANCE

 This post is part of the 2010 "Twelve days of Christmas" series where I'll be posting something every day for the remaining days leading up to Christmas day! It's my gift to you! Enjoy! 

"You can never get enough of what you don't really need to make you happy!"
   ~Eric Hoffer~

A couple of days ago I was reading the comments from a discussion question that was posed to our group. The question asked if we believed in miracles and what would a miracle look like for us. I was both moved and a bit saddened at some of the answers. There were some who answered that a miracle would be the restoration of their families, healing for their ailing loved ones, saving of homes and money to purchase transportation to be with family for the holidays.

But what struck me were the numbers of respondents who said that a miracle would be hundreds of thousands, and even millions, of dollars in their bank accounts! While reading these responses I was reminded of my dear friend Jennifer Scarano who is one of THE most awesome women I know and who believes in the simplicity of life and the abundance that it brings! Jen is the kind of person who grows organic gardens and who creates her own jams and jellies. As I said, she is awesome!!

For Christmas, she sent me a written piece called "Don't Buy The Shirt Unless You Need It!" It's a wonderful piece written about abundance. For the sake of brevity I won't go into detail but do take a moment to click on the link and read it. It's a great piece.

 While I was reading the responses about miracles I thought about how we in this country have so much more than some in other countries. But it seems that with everything we have it's still never enough! We are always striving to have more: bigger, better, the latest and the greatest! We have to have a bigger house, a better car, the latest smart phone, the latest hairdo...It seems that in this country enough is never enough!

As I read the comments  from respondents who spoke about the miraculous amounts of money that they wished would show up in their bank accounts I couldn't help but think how sad some people must be. Now, I don't know all the reasons that someone would ask for a miracle of more money in the amounts that they spoke of but I have talked to enough people in my life and we always think that if only we could pay off all of our debts we would be alright. But what if we stopped creating more debt for ourselves and ceased having to have the latest and the greatest! What if we were content (not complacent) with what we have?!

It seems that we live in a country where we can never have enough; a "Super Size Me" economy!  We never have enough money, we never have enough time. We live in one of the richest countries in the world yet our quality of life is one of the poorest.

We are unhealthy as a people with one of the highest rates of obesity and our children are being diagnosed with heart disease as young as twelve years old! Our financial economy is in the toilet and we blame it on the lack of jobs which of course is a major factor. But we as citizens of this country have to take responsibility for our situations! We don't save for "rainy days" and are always having to spend, spend, spend! From name brand clothing, handbags and shoes to luxury cars with names that some can't even pronounce, and houses we can't really afford and have to wait for payday to make the mortgage payment on. We have to have it all!

I could go on and on for hours talking about this but the point of this post is to get people to appreciate all that we have in this country and in our personal lives. We have everything we need but are still searching and striving for more all the while missing the miracles of abundance that are around us at every moment!

I hope that as we celebrate another holiday season, we'll take time to appreciate and be grateful for the abundance that has been supplied to us. I hope that we will realize that what we have is always enough! We have our health! We have more opportunity in this country than most! We have our freedom and most of all we have life!! Live it like it's your last day on earth!

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