Monday, 11 July 2011

Abundance and Opportunity!

Opportunities often arise when we least expect them and from the most obscure sources. Yet, if we take time to explore them fully and accept them as an abundance they very often lead to more and more, and very often diverse, opportunities. As we spread out and engage with these chances we learn more and find new ways to express ourselves and learn about ourselves. We may develop contacts within what initially appear to be quite diverse communities, but as we immerse ourselves we find a link that binds us. We develop new links and forge new friendships that lead to ever more opportunities and ideas, pushing us further along our path wherever it may lead. A small detour before we re-join our main carriageway or a complete change of direction, that is the mystery of opportunity.

Abundance is what gives life spark. Abundance often conjures up a mental picture of financial prosperity, but abundance is much more than money. The abundance of a meadow in full flower fills your heart and soul with joy and while that to me is a rich abundance there is no financial incentive to search it out. The food we have available to us is an abundance that many would be grateful for. I’m not saying we don’t need money, we need to buy that food, but some of the things we take for granted make our lives abundant often in ways only we can appreciate if we take the time to notice them. Smiles, hugs, cheery words, all cost nothing and are internal abundance forming. Have a think about your personal abundance……. Welcoming abundance into your life by feeling abundant and positive, easier said than done but worth the effort! So where is the abundance? It could be financial or it could be internal. It could be re-uniting with an old friend and a shared memory. Discovering a new talent or rediscovering an old one. A business opportunity out of the blue that gives us a financial boost, the abundance of friends enabling us to offer an opportunity from one community to another forging more links between people and the chance for more abundance and opportunities. Abundance gives us the opportunity to help others which can help them to find abundance from a new opportunity, a spiral that continues to grow.
I thought about how chance meetings and opportunities can change where you are going and I don’t know why but it made me think of pigeons! Pigeon holes are only for pigeons. Pigeons know where they are going, maybe that’s why they fit in holes! Heading in a general direction and trusting in what we find rather than trying to fit in to what we find sounds a much better idea.

1 comment:

Louise said...

I struggle at time with the idea of abundance as it is sold to us via the self-help community as being about financial abundance. And knowing what we know about the inequalities in this world I struggle with this.

However I know that whilst you write of money there's more than just that in this post. Perhaps it is time to reclaim this word to reflect richness and fullness of anything, where money is a small part of this. And of course some people's lives are abundant with misery, stress and unhappiness. Can we be open to experiences and limit these only to the good ones?

The hardest time to welcome new opportunity is when we are struggling with the old opportunities which continue to challenge us. Sometimes we need to put the barriers up because that straw will break the camel's back.

Much as I like to be positive and welcoming of new experiences there have been times in my life when I have not wanted any. My experience has suggested to me that this is understood - somewhere out there or somewhere in here - and the new experiences dry up.

As ever it is a matter of balance. xx