Death has a way of having you get clear on just how grateful you are for the amazing things in your life.
With the sad, yet expected, death of 2 grandparents last week (they had been ill in nursing homes for many years), it was a vivid reminder to value every minute you have because you never know when your time will be up.
And when our time is up, will we have genuinely appreciated all of the abundance present in our lives? My experience is that very often we’re moving too quickly to “smell the roses,” as the old saying goes. And sometimes it can be as simple as sitting down to look at the everyday occurrences that give us joy or make us smile.
For me, abundance lies in some of the amazing simplicities of life. I love the peace that I feel in the very early hours of the morning, and how I am blessed to work from my home office and have a short commute up my stairs to start my work day. I enjoy learning new things about my friends and family and what excites them or what they’re up to. I feel safe in the cozy, comfortable home that I’ve owned for 10 years and I enjoy the calmness of the space that I’ve created. The fact that my “work” doesn’t feel like work at all is one of the greatest blessings of my life – I get to support people in forever changing their lives forever by recreating their relationship with money. I get excited by reading a good book and learning something new. I love receiving clear signs that I’m on the right track with what I’m up to. I happily grocery shop each week for healthy food and have a reliable car to keep me on the move. I’m committed to continuing to grow and take myself to the next level.
For my clients, abundance often is experienced in the small things at first after many years of running around in a tornado of financial stress. One client recently told me that she was thrilled this past Christmas when she and her husband set a limit on the people they were buying gifts for and also a spending limit of $50. She said she was more mindful of buying a meaningful gift with the $50 per person, and perhaps most remarkably she experienced a deeper sense of connection with her family as she focused more on the experience of the holiday than the gifts typically associated with it. Another client told me that her best Christmas gift was that her husband was now sleeping through the night knowing that his family was taken care of. And yet other clients have indicated that they’ve enjoyed traveling to exotic locations, connecting with family at a variety of events, and also accomplishing something that they’ve been wanting to do for a long time (i.e. finish school, pay off debt, etc.).
What is it that has you smile from ear to ear? Where in your life do you experience joy and passion? What has you experience contentment, fulfillment, or gratitude?
Abundance is often all around us, just waiting for us to be a witness to it. And often times all it takes is slowing down long enough to look around us and appreciate it. Where is abundance hiding in plain sight in your life and you don’t even know it?
Consider starting a daily abundance journal that you fill with the things that you’re grateful for. Every morning, I take a few minutes to think about at least 5 things that I’m grateful for that represent abundance in my life. It’s one of the favorite parts of my day to set my mind in the right energy – so perhaps it can also support you to appreciate the abundance that is waiting to be seen in your world!
If I’ve learned anything in my almost 40 years on this earth, it’s that when we clearly see the abundance in our lives and express gratitude for it, we attract more of it into our lives. And who doesn’t want more abundance in their lives, right?
I wish you unlimited contentment, fulfillment, gratitude, abundance, joy, passion and anything else that makes you happy!