I recently started reading Modern Mrs. Darcy by Anne Bogel and listening to her podcast, What Should I Read Next? They were recommended by my friend, and I am hooked! In the last week I’ve been listening non-stop. Anne’s recent post, “The little things I do that feel like abundant living,” prompted my own thinking about abundance. I’m finding this idea all around me lately. My yoga teacher has been talking about the idea of non-attachment, of letting go of the things we can’t control. For me it’s all wrapped up with the idea of gratefulness.
Whenever I think of abundance, I remember Brene Brown’s writing in Daring Greatly about scarcity. It’s so common to think and speak with an attitude of scarcity: “I didn’t get enough sleep last night,” or “I’m starving… what’s for lunch?” or “I don’t have enough time.” Or, in my case lately: “I miss my husband.” Josh is currently on deployment, and it’s easy for me to look with resentment at other couples on Instagram, or to make long, long, looong lists of all the amazing things I can’t wait to do with him when he gets home. Then I look at that list and I sigh (or cry…) and I think, “I can’t do any of these without him.” It’s a peculiar type of loneliness.
Brown writes that the opposite of scarcity actually isn’t abundance; it’s enough. What I have is enough right now. I have everything I need.Continue Reading