Our society has worked very hard at convincing us that abundance equals money, material wealth and material objects. This notion has been the driving force for so many of us. We work as many hours as we can and we define our self-worth and our measure of success on inanimate objects and a bank account balance. In truth, being rich has almost nothing to do with a dollar amount. We are all blessed with a measure of abundance, but we can quickly be sidetracked and become blind to the true wealth already present in our lives.
Here are 3 tips for recognizing the true abundance in your life:
Wants vs. Needs
Have you taken time to sit down and take an inventory of what possessions you own? For example, if you are reading this post, you have access to Internet, a computer and/or a smart phone. Many of us take for granted technological items that have become so ingrained in our day-to-day lives.
Do you have an iPhone or a pay as you go standard cell phone? Do you have a desktop and a laptop? Are you striving to buy a new iPad before summer starts to make your life ‘easier’? All of these items are ‘wants’; they are not ‘needed’ for our actual survival as a human being. Enjoy and be grateful for all of the little ‘wants’ that have manifested in your life.
While many of us struggle with varying health issues that can make life difficult, our access to modern medicine and our choice to utilize holistic healing methods is a manifestation of abundance in our lives. We have access to everything we need in order to life a healthy life. Even if we don’t have health insurance or our prescription medicines are over-the-top pricey, we still have access. This access alone is worth being thankful for.
Our family members are often the biggest source of abundance in our lives and they don’t come with a price tag. Having a good relationship with our parents, our children and our partners are priceless. We don’t have to have the largest home that money can buy in the most exclusive neighborhood. True wealth has nothing to do with our zip code. True wealth is found inside our homes, not outside.
As a society, we spend so much time and energy on things we want, things we don’t have and things we are willing to do just about anything to achieve. How often do we miss out on what is already present in our lives, simply because we are striving to have more? If we do achieve our lofty materialistic ventures, will we actually find true abundance and joy? By taking time to truly see what already exists in our lives, those little things that make us rich, we can slow down our fast pace towards the illusion of materialistic abundance.
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