Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into – Wayne Dyer
One day, a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”
“It was great, Dad.”
“Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked.
“Oh yeah,” said the son.
“So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.
The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden, and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden, and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard, and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on, and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us; they have friends to protect them.”
The boy’s father was speechless.
Then his son added, “Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are.”
Both abundance and lack, exist simultaneously in our lives. Our belief and thoughts about each one, will determine which one we attract. Doing what we love in life and sharing this freely with one another, knowing there is always enough, is the path to true abundance.
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Another wonderful story we can all take value from.
Thankyou Carrie, I appreciate your comments.
Great post, Karen. Abundance is a frame of mind, to be sure.
It is Eliza and once we discover it, there is more than we imagined.
We have no clue how vast it is!
No we don’t! 🙂
Thanks Nico. Blessings.
Each Thanksgiving I write down what I am thankful for. Many things on the list are material, but there are also family, friends, former lovers. And nature, and the wild. I am so blessed!
We are all blessed Emilie, and gratitude is exactly how we stay abundant. Thankyou.
Beautiful. This proves that life is understood through perception rather than reality. I recently read a story about a man that was so poor, the only thing he had was money. These stories offer such valuable lessons that can positively impact the quality of our lives. Thank you for sharing this message.
So true Jonathan. I love your example, and to receive this abundance, all we need is to let go of our old beliefs and limiting thoughts. Thankyou.
Yes, there is this fetishisation of ownership Karen, in which we fail to appreciate all that is not owned and possessed within a narrow, legalistic definition.
So true Hariod. We do fail to appreciate the immense abundance within us and around us, limited only by our perception of the truth. Thankyou.
I love this, it is all a matter of our perception and we draw sow what we harvest. Thanks for these words.
I agree. I also believe that our peception is based on our past beliefs and thoughts, and so if we can change that, we can see and receive the immense abundance we deserve! Thankyou and blessings.
Beautiful, Karen. Your posts are so great. This reminds me of the story of the two wolves and which one we feed. You know the one? Perspective. Nice quote too. I am trying to tune in to Wayne Dyer so I won’t miss him so much. 🙂
I love the two wolves story too! and I am sure that Wayne’s wisdom and love will always continue to speak to us! Thankyou lovely Mary.
Oh Karen. I do hold you so dear in my heart. ❤
Thankyou. That means a lot! Blessings Mary.
This is awesome. Thanks for sharing!
Thankyou, it is a great story.
Love this story and lesson on what matters in life! Thank you Karen 💛
As I spend more energy on what really matters in life, I experience more abundance. Thankyou Val and Happy Friday. 🙂
Happy Friday to you Karen 🌼
Thank you for sharing this beautiful story Karen 😀
Thankyou Irene for your continued support! I appreciate it.
This was thought provoking and I would add to that the difference between ‘now’ and ‘then’. We supposedly now have more freedom and less restrictions yet I remember similarly (when we were not so wealthy) wandering the local creek-beds, and having the support of neighbours and friends. Whereas these days parents must be mindful of ‘stranger-danger’ and we are all so rushed to catch up with neighbours and friends.
Yes you have a good point Elizabeth. Life is faster and much more fearful than it used to be. We all need to make an effort to connect, and be present with one another.
Yes I agree; a thought provoking post.
I believe the young fellow discovered that real poverty is in thinking that being served makes one rich. For true richness he found is in serving others.
So, who then truly learned the lesson of poverty; the son or the father?
I believe the Father learned the lesson. The son clearly saw the truth of abundance and took that with him. It is always in serving others, that I too, have found abundance and love. Thankyou Alan.
A beautiful teaching! And I believe it to be true, just need reminders every so often to tune in. Thanks for sharing, Karen.
We do Helen, these little reminders and stories are great. Thankyou.
i’ve been ok
i’m yours 🙂
Thankyou David. 🙂
Wonderful story Kate that clearly shows the differs perception we so easily choose as we live our life moment by moment… Barbara x
I did write Karen…
Thankyou Barbara, we do have a choice everyday.
I firmly believe if I say we have all that we need, we usually do Karen. When I start worrying about money the flow stops. Its hard to stay positive some days and be thankful for where we live and live the simple life with gratitude. Then I hear how some people are struggling to keep their luxurious lifestyles and I am thankful I don’t have that stress.
Very true Kath. The simple life is difficult at times but we learn so much from non attachment, it is a gift in many ways.