One of the people I follow on Twitter, Susan Cohan, or @susancohan, asked last night what everyone’s definitions of abundance are. I kept tweeting at her, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what I was trying to say. This morning, as I was waking up, it came to me:
Abundance is not something you get. It is something you give.
In our answers, we were all trying to define it by having a lot of something. I was saying “feeling” rather than “stuff.” But “having” wasn’t the right word. “Giving” would have been the right word for me. I’m not trying to sound self-rightous. Everyone has their own definition, but November has been a month of Abundance for me, and it will cap with a Thanksgiving dinner for 16 (and counting).
Love isn’t Love ’till you Give it Away
My mom used to do cross-stitch. I think she had one with the saying:
The love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay. Love isn’t love ’till you give it away.
That sticks with me. I have always felt that the more love you give, the more you have to give. I’ve heard people say that they couldn’t possibly have another child because they couldn’t love them enough. I don’t think love is the limiting factor. Time, maybe. Money, perhaps. But, I’ve found that love is endless.
I’ve never felt better than when I’m doing something nice for someone else. Whether it is contributing to a food drive, or taking my nephew to the park, or cooking for my husband, I feel abundance in my life when I give abundantly. Now, I’m not so self-denying that I don’t count myself in there. I feel abundance when I give myself abundance, too. (Like a delicious nap, or time to read a book.)
Since this is primarily a photo blog, here are some of my favorite photos from the last few months that represent abundance to me.
So, in the words of my nephew (and you need to scream this at the top of your lungs, when everybody else is quiet, regardless of the date) TOMORROW’S THANKSGIVING!!!! (really, it is the day after tomorrow). I’m thankful for everything pictured above, and so much more. Mainly, I’m thankful that I can continue to give.