Abundance is a choice. Regardless of the bank account balance, we must choose to live in light of the abundance around us. Historically, access to education was the primary ticket to success; now, free sources of quality educational material are available to anyone with an Internet connection on virtually any subject. Lack of start-up capital would halt a new business and now founders are starting companies via the glowing screen in a purse. It is possible to couch-surf your way across the country or the other side of the world, while assuring mom of your safety via Skype. The marvels that technology will bring in the coming years are mind bending and open opportunities at a magnitude never before seen. But, what if we are stuck and don't see the abundance on our doorstep? Most of my biggest challenges have been self-inflicted from decisions I have made or being inwardly focused on what I don't have, and my world gets smaller. Opening my eyes to see those around me increases the size of my little world and pushes back against the shrinking edges. A decision and decisive action is required to embrace abundance. Make the decision, then take a step. Reach out to your neighbor through a gift of service, take on the collateral duty at work that will be a stretch, take a course at the Kahn Academy to learn a new skill, watch a TED Talk and share your comments, sell a craft on Etsy to share your creativity, stay at a cheap local AirBnB to meet the hosts, try a new sport or pick up a hobby to meet your new best friends, mentor local youth to share your story or visit a retirement home and listen, really listen to hear their incredible stories. Abundance is found at the intersection of generosity and authenticity; the price of a ticket is merely a decision and action. Choose abundance; the world is waiting.
When did you last dwell in abundance? How would living with a sense of abundance benefit you? How would you expect this to change your current outlook? What areas of your life are encapsulated in a shrinking world and unaware of abundance? What is something you will do this week to enhance your sense of abundance?