Have you ever encountered children begging on the street?
Has someone ever approached your table at a restaurant or a coffee shop and asked for a donation to support their foundation or religious organization? (We get it here in the Philippines often.)
Has an old lady ever crossed your path and ask for help with her grand daughter’s health situation?
What thoughts cross your mind? What emotions surface in your heart?
“How will I know if they’re for real?”
“Should I give or should I not?”
“How did they get to where they are?”
These thoughts often cross my mind. But another question stands out to me, “Do I have enough?”
The last encounter my husband and I had (with the old lady mentioned above) helped me realize where that question might have come from…
Our fear of lack.
Of course we want to give. We have compassion. But why do we hesitate to give at times? Could it be that our fear of lack keeps us from embracing our compassion to its fullest?
Or could it be because we count our lack more than our blessings?
I’m not sharing this to condemn (or saying that everyone feels the same way) but to encourage you with a different perspective. My focus here is not that we don’t give enough but what we don’t focus enough at times…
How often do we count what we lack than the “little” we supposedly have? In fact, when we start counting the “little” things, we begin to realize that they are not so little after all…they are plentiful.
When we focus on our lack we fail to see how abundant we truly are.
“The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.” -Kahlil Gibran
“The source of true abundance lies within you, if you are willing to create the conditions for it to manifest through you.” –Candy Paull
One of the ways your abundance can manifest is gratitude. So let’s begin with what you can be thankful for…
Take a look around you and begin to count the things you simply enjoy and love. Count all the little things that make you smile and make your heart happy. Let gratitude fill your heart. And you will realize how abundant your life really is.
“Take inventory on what you have in your life right now. I bet it’s a lot. From a place of gratitude, you can bring in more.” –WomenWorking
You could start with the bed you sleep in; the comfort of your home; your morning coffee; the sunrise; the sunsets; fresh air; sound of laughter; family cracking jokes; comedies and chick flicks; the shoes on your feet; your great hair; your health; the sandwich in your hands; the smell of freshly baked goods; a home cooked meal; healthy relationships; public transportation, etc. (These are a few of mine and I could go on forever!)
So when we count our blessings more, our lack will cease?
It will cease, especially in the lives of others like the ones mentioned above. Our abundance will beget generosity.
We can’t help ourselves but be moved when we see them. So let our compassion be fully expressed in the many ways we are able give. We are in essence abundant more than enough…even to give whatever it may be.
Lack will surely be out of the picture as soon as abundance is in sight.
What if this were one of the ways heaven meets earth?
- No Fear in Love
- Struggling With A Life Jacket
- Count and Increase Your Blessings by Guy E. Lawson
- Gratitude Begets Gratitude from gratitudetwentyfourseven.com