Abundance within

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.

41 thoughts on “Abundance within

  1. Love this.
    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!

  2. 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.

    1. 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.

  3. 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. 🙂

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

  5. 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.

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