I have been thinking about the concept of scarcity versus abundance mindset. I think about it with time and with money and friendships. We operate in a culture that reminds us constantly that our resources are limited. It's what I have come to call a scarcity mindset - where I have to choose the best thing to do knowing I can't do it all-, the phone call to make, the quality time spent with which child or friend. Do I read my book at the end of the day or watch a show with my husband? Do I weed my garden or vacuum the house? Granted, these are all non-emergency decisions I make each day but they are a sampling of what fills many of my days and yours too, I would suspect. Even as I type this I feel my chest tightening; always more to do and never enough time!!
But....when I am reminded that all of this is scarcity mentality, I am also reminded that the remedy to this is the idea of abundance. And this spring as I walk around and see the cherry trees that were brilliant in their light pink puffy blooms, and the akebono tulips that I saw at Cheekwood a few weeks ago, and the birds singing and the rain that comes, I am reminded that abundancy is equally present. No one says how many bulbs I can plant or tomato plants I can grow. There is no limit to how many times I can say I love you to my daughter or smile at a passerby. There is always enough - we won't run out of these things. And so, I can look at my to-do's for the day and know that there is indeed enough time and I will have enough energy to do all that is truly needed today. And most likely, the sun will rise tomorrow and I'll have a whole new day to tend to what is needed and on and on...because from this perspective, there is always more than enough.
Kimberly Simpson, a native of New Jersey, graduate of Wheaton College and resident of Nashville. Married and mother of three children. Lover of the ocean, gardens, yoga, cooking and travel.