“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” – John Lennon
This morning I read a post on a friend’s blog regarding being thankful for the blessings we already have in each of our lives. She posted this video:
Wow! I thought. What a sharp contrast of perspective is this juxtaposition of both stories.
I am all about balance in life, so I am not advocating that we should forego all luxuries. Especially when these luxuries are hard-earned. Hey, I love the little red convertible Mustang the hubby recently gifted me. It’s been my dream since the 1980’s.
However, I do believe that there is more to life than simply lavishing myself and my loved ones with excessive material goods. This is especially true in a world where many have little and are hungry. I believe excessive consumption becomes unhealthy for my spirit. There comes a point where I must say, “I have enough. My family has enough. We are content. What can we do for others with what we have left over?” And it doesn’t matter how little is left over. I can make a small savings out of it, get the rest of the family involved, and watch it grow into something that can make a difference in someone else’s life.
I truly believe that there are enough resources, enough money, and enough food on this planet to sustain ALL of us.
Nobody should be left wanting.