Another quote from Simple Abundance

January 13, 2008

and other miscellaneous observations...

When you are worried about your health or the health of a loved one your concentration focuses like a laser.  Suddenly there is clarity about all of life because you realize what is important.  Living is important.  Every day is a gift.  You ask for another chance to get it right.  Most of the time you're given it, and you're very grateful.

But worries about money mock you.  they steal the joy of living because they follow you around all day like a dark, menacing shadow.  At night they hover at the foot of your bed waiting to rob you of sleep.  When you're worried about money you dread the days and you agonize at night.  Without thinking, you throw away every precious twenty-four hours that come your way.  You cease to live, and merely exist.

If you are worried about money today, take heart.  You have the power to change your lifestyle and move from a feeling of lack and deprivation to a feeling of abundance and fulfillment.  Money ebbs and flows in our lives.  What should remain constant is our realization that abundance is our spiritual birthright.  American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson once said that "It is easy to be independent when you've got money. But to be independent when you haven't got a thing - that's the Lord's test."

The simpler we make our lives, the more abundant they become.

I read this the other day in my Simple Abundance book.  I'm  finding a lot of things that make me stop and reflect on my life and what changes I can make this year. 

Like how we treat others, just smiling at someone for no reason will not only change your perspective, but may even change theirs.  Do good things just because they are good and the right thing just because it is right.

Okay enough rambling - off to figure out what I can accomplish on this cold Sunday


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