“Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I will spend 4 hours sharpening the axe” – Lincoln
“You often say, I would give, but only to the deserving. The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture. They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish. For in truth it is life that gives unto life – while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness” – Gibran
What is wealth?
I’m currently in the middle of reading two different books. The first of which- many have heard of: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and A Bug Free Mind by Andy Shaw. What is so great about them is that they motivate you to think about your talents and what you have to offer to the world and that wealth or abundance of money is not attained if you are not willing to give of yourself.
It’s a universal desire for us all to have an abundance of money, (and what we are really speaking of here is FREEDOM) a loving partner with whom to share our lives with and fulfilling relationships with friends and family. RIGHT? RIGHT!
Often times however, when we come to the realization of one or all of these desires, our automatic impulse is to think of what can WE GET OUT OF the desire. When really (and according to Hill and Shaw) the approach to acquiring these desires should be taken quite differently.
If it is monetary wealth you are after, you could ask yourself, “What is my true authentic talent? What was I BORN to do? What makes me feel good when I’m doing it? When do I feel inspired? What is a common theme in my life that keeps coming up over and over again?” For example maybe it’s painting. The fact is, this “theme” continues to creep up on you because it’s sending you a message! Listen to that message. You can make a dignified and sustainable living doing what you LOVE. But you need to believe that first, of course! If you can open yourself up that possibility, you’ve taken the first step. How does that FEEL? I’m guessing, pretty awesome!
The same applies with the fulfilling relationships we seek. We all know that relationships are a two- way street. So when we are yearning for that romantic partner (or we’ve already got one in view) we must ask ourselves: What do I bring to this relationship? Do I bring honesty,willingness to express myself, support, etc? It’s very easy for us to make a list of all the things we want, but are we prepared to offer that as well?
This is what it means to be responsible. And to be responsible is to be truly free!
If you are seeking your purposeful vocation in life, I would also recommend abundantyogi.com by Kris Ward. She is great in helping people dig into themselves so that they may discover their true gifts and creating a practical plan of action!