Sometimes when I can’t seem to find the right words to start off a blog post I resort to a quote. So here we go, let see if this quote will open the doorway for my words to spill through.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.
Source: Bob Dylan from “The Time They Are A-Changin'”
This week, on Thursday afternoon, I again headed out of the city into the beautiful summer country ripe with sunshine, alive with the beat of old time rock’n’roll and the full shimmering heat of afternoon. Glorious.
Ahead of me on Friday, I planned to meet up with my walking friends from Peterborough where I first took up the sport of competitive walking. The 8k (5 mile) route ran along a hilly golf course, called Angus Glen on the green growing edge of Toronto. In the heat of early evening we headed out onto the course, to challenge mostly our own ability to endure the heat and the hit our personal goals for the race. I hour and 13 minutes later I crossed the finish line where we gathered to cheer on other members of our “team”.
Saturday, I headed along with my sister and brother-in-law and of course Felix, up to their huge garden plot way out in the countryside to weed the patch. The rewards of our labor comes in the form of fresh just picked produce, like Zucchini, radishes, lettuce, beans, beets and potatoes. With lots more soon to come to the table.
I mention all this because sometimes we get caught up in the “news of the world” and the overwhelming barrage of negative messages filled to full with a never ending stream of scarcity stories. Our modern media is consumed by it, from TV and Radio to Facebook and beyond. All hell is breaking loose out there and we are all the victims of it.
It is so easy to get sucked into this vortex of lack.
I know this happens to me, and I’m sure occasionally you get inflicted too.
When I go to my financial adviser it’s all about how to conserve what I have for a future I may never see. Her angle is scarcity, the need to hunker down for the storms of tomorrow, and all of it done with good faith while closely tied in to the prevalent hysteria about not having enough to see you through to death do you depart.
That message is don’t live for today live for some abundant tomorrow where your careful money management brings you into the light of a perfect golden age of retirement.
Which doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan for the future but you shouldn’t live now for that long off day because you give up your now to the tyranny of the future.
So many people live this way. I encounter it all the time. People who are counting down the days to retirement. At the post office the other day, a woman clearly disgruntled with her job said something like, only 5 more years to go.
We ignore or give up today’s abundance for the certainty of future wealth.
This is how we’ve been told to think about it.
All this got me thinking about just how abundant my life is when I dismiss the so called objective measures of wealth and look at the reality of this current joy filled moment. When you step outside the confines of our social straightjacket abundance flows in where a minute ago you saw only scarcity.
When we catalog we tend to catalog the things we don’t have and still want. A better way is to catalog your wealth not in objective evidence based reality…but in the space of your heart.
For me nothing is more liberating than not having a “job” regardless of the effect on my bank balance.
When my partner died, we were both living at the edge of our stress tolerance, and could see no end in sight. In that horrible moment of pain and loss I made a promise to myself, that I would never hold a “job” again, that my work would be exactly that, my work, no one else’s.
In spite of all the financial struggles that followed, I never wavered from that promise.
But it’s not just that freedom. When I look at my life today I am very close to the ideal I’ve always envisioned, dreamed about, pondered, and sweated.
With a friend I met at an abundance workshop, we will soon deliver our own workshop fulfilling another slice of the dream. That’s jump up and down exciting.
There is more of that vision to be fleshed out, or manifested, but the truth is I never thought I would get this close to living my abundant dream.
Yet here I am speaking to you, from a new hilltop on my journey and I’m thrilled.
Yet looking objectively from the evidence you would not peg me as wealthy beyond all my imaginings.
The good news is, the same holds true for you…right now, in this moment and in any present time moment.
Hold to your dream, keep faith in your vision, and don’t buy into the prevailing “wisdom”.
Take some time in your journal and catalog your riches and listen for:
The shaking of your window, and the rattle of your walls, ‘for the times they are a-changin’.
Scarcity’s hold is slipping away.
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