scarce or what?

17 what to do?

Today is enough, just as it is.

This is the alternative to scarcity.

Not-enoughness can lead us to dark places.  Enoughness leads us to more places than we can presently imagine.*

Enoughness, being able to do more than we imagine right now, is alive with Ed Catmull and George MacDonald’s advice:

‘Protect the future, not the past.’**

“If people would do what they have to do,
they would always find themselves ready for what came next.’^

This future is not waiting for us; we’re creating it.  This way or that way, by the choices we make.  By the worldview we hold.  Scarcity or abundance?

Look within.  You have more than enough to do what you must do:

‘In the neglected crevices and corners of your evaded solitude, you will find the treasure you have always sought elsewhere.’^^

Maybe you’re waiting for someone else to act.  For something to happen that will change things for you.

Scarcity.

Something more appears when you take the time to understand “what is in your hand.”

Abundance:

‘An inner alignment starts to develop that can release extraordinary energy and creativity, qualities previously dissipated by denial, inner contradictions, and unawareness of the situation and oneself.’*^

There is richness and beauty within people.

Our life situation is presented to us in John Ortberg’s observation of the simple but complex fact of life: ‘Life is facing and solving problems.’^*

I need to eat and clothe myself, so I work.  A transportation system solves the problem of how to get to work in time.  Shops along the route offer me solutions to my feeding and modesty needs.  Books and the internet solve my problems of needing to learn more … 

Asking someone, “What’s your problem?” is akin to asking “What do your care about?”

And what you care about includes hope for the future, so we must be careful not to set our goals for the future too soon, in what we presently know, but according to what we will know tomorrow.

You will hope for more tomorrow: protect the future.

(*We also have to recognise that some people really don’t have enough, though many have more than they know.)
(**From Ed Catmull’s Creativity, Inc..)
(^George MacDonald, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(^^From John O’Donohue’s Anam Cara.)
(*^From Peter Senge’s The Necessary Revolution.)
(^*From John Ortberg’s All the Places.)

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