Abundance

Abundance is one of those often-used buzzwords bandied about in the self-help industry. The fellow with the fleet of Lamborghinis and shelves full of books in his garage comes to mind. If a person is seeking how to increase one’s wealth and plenty, there is an abundance of gurus on the Web selling plans and holding seminars from which to choose. This blog is not one of those places. Today, this space is reserved for my personal ponderings and reflections about the concept of abundance.

Abundance is a squishy word that depends upon circumstance and context. For instance, a person in a war-torn nation feels blessed with abundance if she is able to live in relative peace and raise her family without mayhem and death. A corn farmer has a record-breaking crop harvest. A worker enjoys a well-paying job that also provides insurance and a pension.

These scenarios are variable. The war-weary citizen the Middle East feels content that her family is alive; while the citizen in Austria enjoys a beautiful estate and overflowing bank accounts. The corn farmer may derive satisfaction from his harvest; while the pastor of the mega-church enjoys his fleet of private jets. The laborer feels secure with his fulfilling career; while the CEO relaxes at one of her villas in the Bahamas.

Where do we fit on the spectrum of scarcity to abundance? Perhaps we have stumbled across an unexpected boon such as a new job offer or a betterment of personal physical health. Our inner reactions to attaining these improvements is one of happiness about our new prosperity. We experience feelings of expansion and security. Life has been good to us. Perhaps you imagine that the world is your oyster with no holds barred.

“Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.”–Epicurus

Another manifestation of abundance can be seen if we are surrounded with a loving circle of family and friends. One feels especially blessed and deserving in such a situation. There is no price tag to label such joy.

Regardless of the type of abundance we consider, we feel the lack of abundance when we run into delays and obstacles to our plans. When the job market is volatile and the nation’s economy is unstable we rightfully feel the pangs of insecurity. What had earlier seemed like a sure thing has turned out to be a house built on sand. We find ourselves in doubt and doing a lot of second-guessing. Our self-confidence is shaken. Instead of the warmth of abundance, there is cold emptiness of lack in the pit of the stomach.

In my own life, I’ve known stretches of poverty as well as times of relative plenty–in real terms. By my own, subjective standards, I define abundance as the presence of good health, a sturdy home, some friends, and reasonable peace of mind. I feel blessed with enough to not only keep alive but to thrive on Earth.

Although I do not own a fleet of Lamborghinis, nor store my books in the garage, there is the feeling of overflowing plenty. By my reckoning, I have more than enough to fulfill the definition of personal abundance. I hope that every person on Earth can experience a life of abundance.

Ciao


The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes Danish businessman and former CEO of the Lego Group, Jorgen Vig Knudstorp. “Many creative people are finding that creativity doesn’t grow in abundance, it grows from scarcity–the more Lego bricks you have doesn’t mean you’re going to be more creative; you can be very creative with very few Lego bricks.”

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4 Responses to Abundance

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  2. Well said. Perception of abundance is based in part on objectively what you have but perhaps even more so on what your perspective is about it.

  3. Jeff Flesch says:

    Another excellent post, Jay. Seeing and experiencing abundance is a wondrous experience.

  4. Wow, excellent post here friend. The things you have mentioned “the presence of good health, a sturdy home, some friends, and reasonable peace of mind” are sure signs of stability and it is abundance. Yes, you are right! and this post is truly beautiful, I like how you have framed things. A great addition to this list, is a good relationship with God. Whenever we speak of God, we imagine punishments, rules, hell etc., we often forget that God actually blesses people with abundance.

    Proverbs 10:22 says
    The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

    The Bible says in Deuteronomy 28:1-68
    “And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. …

    Deuteronomy 28:12 says:
    The Lord will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. And you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.

    God is real, and a relationship with him is very rewarding. He is the king and he is rich, there are many rooms in his house in heaven. God is not limited to providence of material wealth, but also wealth too in peace of mind, family stability etc. Truly, being in a relationship with God is not like being in a relationship with another person, God requires us to go deep with him. Sometimes, we laugh, sometimes we cry, sometimes we are simply amazed at the thought of him, and sometimes we are scared. He knows your every thought and he guides the path.

    To anyone interested in improving their relationship with God, I have a post that can help here:

    https://christcenteredruminations.wordpress.com/2018/08/29/how-to-build-a-relationship-with-god/ 

    You can check out the blog post above. If the information is too overwhelming for you, then you can start slow and work your way up gradually. If you want to stay updated and you want more posts from me, you can follow my blog. I post about God, faith and Christian Spirituality. If you ever need to talk, then send me a message on the “Contact” section of my page.

    May God’s blessing be with you, Amen. 🙂

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