Saturday, April 10, 2010

Curious about Abundance: Do You Believe That There Is Abundance for All? What Are Your Areas of Abundance?

Definition of Abundance: An overflowing fullness; ample sufficiency; great plenty; profusion; copious supply; superfluity; wealth: -- strictly applicable to quantity only, but sometimes used of number.

The world is full of abundance and opportunity, but far too many people come to the fountain of life with a sieve instead of a tank car... a teaspoon instead of a steam shovel. They expect little and as a result they get little.” - Ben Sweetland, American author

Your most precious, valued possessions and your greatest powers are invisible and intangible. No one can take them. You, and you alone, can give them. You will receive abundance for your giving.” - W. Clement Stone, American businessman

I am still hearing about the “lack of abundance” surrounding us – the persistent focus on today’s doom and gloom. Therefore, I decided to investigate the theme of abundance for this week’s blog. Yes, I have tightened up on my spending and am working diligently on my forthcoming book, How to Reap the Rewards of a Portfolio Career.

The quotations I found are excellent and thought provoking. However, they were in short supply compared with the quotations that are not as positive – for example, I only found two and a quarter pages of “abundance” quotations, whereas I found fourteen full pages of “lack” quotations with approximately twenty quotations on a page.

I feel strongly that we should enjoy abundance in as many or even more areas as we experience lack. Doesn’t it follow our mindset and/or our attitude? What do you think? Let’s all agree with Sarah Ban Breathnach, the American author who wrote, “Whatever we are waiting for - peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance - it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.”

Here are some more of the great quotations I found:
  • Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.” - Wayne Dyer, American psychologist
  • Expect your every need to be met. Expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level.” - Eileen Caddy, English celebrity
  • What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.” - Henry David Thoreau, American author
  • What we need to do is really improve energy efficiency standards, develop in full scale renewable and alternative energy and use the one resource we have in abundance, our creativity.” - Lois Capps, American politician
  • Not what we have. But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.” – Epicurus, Greek philosopher
  • Talent is always conscious of its own abundance, and does not object to sharing.” – Alexander Solzehnitsyn, Russian novelist
  • When you're in danger of losing a thing it becomes precious and when it's around us, it's in tedious abundance and we take it for granted as if we're going to live forever, which we're not.” - John McGahern, Irish writer

So, I suggest making a list of everything you have in abundance. I think you will be surprised. And, do let me hear from you.