Peace, love and a beautiful day to you
Friday, March 11, 2011
"When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused
on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous."~ Wayne Dyer
"Then I was prosperous." Dyer's last 4 words ring in my ear as I think about prosperity and what it really pertains to. We generally associate the accumulation of wealth and worldly possessions with the definition of prosperity. But is that it?
–noun, plural -ties.
1. a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition, especially in financial respects; good fortune.
2. prosperities, prosperous circumstances.
By definition alone, I know of very few people who are considered wealthy and/or have flourishing businesses. I know of far more people who have dreams of acquiring such status, people who work towards this goal on a daily basis, year after year. Can they too be prosperous while waiting for that big break? Absolutely.
An important but often looked over component of Prosperity is personal well being - the way in which we think and live our lives. Joy, happiness and a healthy body must be included. Prosperity is a way of BEING, something you DO, PRACTICE and BECOME before you actually HAVE it.
Are You Living Abundantly?
1. an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply: an abundance of grain.
3. affluence; wealth: the enjoyment of abundance.
4. Physics, Chemistry . the number of atoms of one isotope of an element divided by the total number of atoms in a mixture of the isotopes.
Once again wealth, affluence and one's material possessions tend to be the focal point by the general public's definition of abundance. True, having an abundance of any one thing indicates that there is plenty, scarcity is not an issue. So you don't have an abundant cash flow? You can still live an abundant life, by shifting your thinking and your focus. Like a wardrobe closet, we can choose what we will wear, use or adorn ourselves with. Each day we are given a choice in how we will live out the day. And since like attracts like, it behooves us to live responsibly, think about the energy we put out and where our focuses lie.
The expectations under which we live our lives...who's are they?
Let's be committed to living each day abundantly and prosper!
One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen
again and again; fear must be overcome again and again. ~~Abraham Maslow
When was the last time you reached out beyond your comfort zone, I mean really stretched your ability?
This year is all about that stretch. Stepping out onto the 'skinny branch' as it were, where the sweet reward of accomplishment resides, dangling just as ripend fruit does out near the edge. Out near the edge is where it all happens, where possibility resides.
I've decided to stretch myself specifically within my hobby of knitting. Previously convinced that a working mother of two could never set aside any substantial amount of time to knit anything too involved, the criteria for my pattern selection would revolve around the quick, easy, mindless knits. My yarn selection was subject to a similar selection process, as choices usually included worsted and aran weights or more bulky and chunky fibers. This is not what knitting is about. More recently, I've developed an interest in making socks & shawls using fingering weight yarns. This is what I've started thus far:
The Storm Cloud Shawlette by Hanna Breetz (Ravelry Log In Required for free pattern)
This shawl is a great first shawl for beginners, as it uses an elongated garter stitch. On one row you're kniting the first stich followed by a yarn over (K1, YO), and on the second row you're dropping the YO's.
A finished Storm Cloud in its pre-blocked state: