Never Enough? or Abundance?
This is Week #3 of my Radical Gratitude Challenge. We’re going to talk about how easy it is to think in terms of “never enough!”
He doesn’t love me enough! She isn’t fun enough! We don’t go out enough! There’s never enough money! There’s not enough time! We don’t make love often enough! Not enough…not enough…not enough…
Years ago, after our marriage was solid, but our finances were not, I found myself making out deposit slips while thinking, “This isn’t enough!” That sentence became like a hamster wheel going ’round and ’round in my mind.
I knew enough about how our thoughts often create our reality, that, one day, when I consciously caught the unconscious refrain in my head, I decided to change my mantra. Whenever I thought about our financial condition, and particularly when I was filling out a deposit slip, I began saying, “Thank you for this $300. I so appreciate this $150!” My goal was to become more aware of the abundance we enjoyed, with or without an overflowing bank account.
I splurged on a 79c package of sweet pea seeds and planted them along a 30 foot length of fence in our backyard. Within weeks, the prolific vines were much taller than the fence and producing thousands of pink, purple, white, maroon, and lavender flowers…filling the air with their sweet scent.
What a perfect metaphor for abundance! While I was thanking God for every little check that cleared the bank, I expressed gratitude for the rich color of our green grass, for the joyfulness of my dog playing fetch, for the solid screen of gorgeous color from the sweet peas.
It wasn’t long before I noticed that every month, each bill was paid on time. Slowly we were climbing out of the financial hole we’d been in.
There is ZERO doubt in my mind that the reason was because we began feeling grateful and rich, long before there was any evidence of prosperity in our bank account.
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Financial stress is one of the top reasons cited for marital discord. What if you, with or without your partner’s participation, began to practice gratitude? What if you began to be open to seeing abundance in your lives, rather than lack. What happy surprises might find their way into your open hearts? Are you willing to apply this Radical Gratitude Challenge to your finances? I dare you! Please report in via the Facebook Page or comment below!