Monday, March 16, 2009

Living in Abundance with Positive Priorities

12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women
By Gail Meekin

Third Gateway – Actualizing Creative Results: The Power of Positive Priorities
Secret Ten – Living in Abundance with Positive Priorities

Cancer has taught me so much about this chapter. It has helped me to define abundance, realize the power of gratitude, do more of what I love, care for my body and mind, learn what supports and detracts from my creativity and it really has helped me to identify my positive priorities!

Scarcity thinking comes from fear and a lack of trust that your needs will be taken care of.

For those of us growing up in dysfunctional homes, I think this is a biggie. It was not my physical needs that suffered, but my emotional needs as a child. We carry that thinking with us into our adult lives. I am trying to put it all into perspective as an adult. I have had many trials in my life, but I have also had much abundance in many ways too. There will always be someone with more and someone with less, so sometimes being in the middle is a good place.

Abundance beckons as a state of mind, beginning with gratitude for what you already have and followed by a vision of what you want to create in your life.

I am grateful for everyday… everyday that the cancer stays away. Every day that I am not in pain. Every day that I can get up and have the energy and health to do what I want to do. I have a vision of what I want my life to look like. I am trying to live that life every day. Cancer helped me to put it all into perspective. I have a tendency to not use the “good things” that I acquire in life. If I buy good paints, then I am afraid to use them. I love to have a new box of colored pencils, but I do not like to use them… I want to save them. If I get a really nice dress … sometimes I am afraid to wear it. Cancer has really helped me with this. I can save those paints, or those pencils, but for what or when? I may not be here when I want to use them. So now I am trying to live more in the moment. To use what I have… not waste it mind you, but enjoy each day that God gives me. So many of us and I am guilty of this too, think I will do this when I get to this point… or my life will be complete when I get this or do that. But I think we need balance. You cannot spend every penny that you have, but you must enjoy each day. BALANCE. None of us knows how long we have in this world. Cancer gave me a wake-up call, a reminder that I can only control so much… so I best enjoy what I have, NOW.

Your life choices, positive and negative, determine your well-being. Body, mind, and spirit – it’s all connected.

I am trying to make more positive choices in my life. Since cancer, my priorities have had to change a great deal. Number one is to stay healthy. I have had to learn to listen to my body after a lifetime of ignoring my body. If I was working and I felt tired, I just pushed through. Now If I am tired I must stop and rest. It is still difficult for me as I am a task master. But I have learned if I am not alive, I really will not get anything accomplished… so I have to listen to my body, try to get out of my mind and then my spirit will be lighter.

I guess the quote in this chapter by Catherine Ponder sums it up…

“You are prosperous to the degree that you are experiencing peace, health, and plenty in your world.”


LissaL said...

I was really moved by your post. Why save for a rainy day for what you can wear or use today? Peace, joy and good health today and everyday my friend!

Olwyn Hughes said...

your post was really moving to me. i believe it is so true that it is all connected within us - our body, mind and spirit working together to create a balance in our lives. may you continue to wake each day to your life of abundance.


Jamie Ridler said...

Thank you for sharing and reminding us all to embrace the moment and take care of ourselves.

Enjoy your paints. I certainly enjoy your painting :)


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