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Abundance in Action

What does Abundance in Action look like? I would explain it, but honestly, Annie Dillard has already done so poetically and perfectly:

One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book: give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. The impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you.

I love this line particularly, “Give it, give it all, give it now. . . something more will arise for later, something better!” Truer words have never been spoken. It is impossible to give yourself poor. The Universe smiles kindly upon those who give.  Abundance mentality and giving is key. So don't wait! Give, oh give, away!

St. Francis of Assisi says, "For it is in the giving that we receive." I like picturing a person with their arms full of stuff. When our arms are full, we cannot receive. Therefore, we have to empty our arms so they are open, available, and ready to receive more. The goal should be to give away that which we have, FAST, so that the Universe can give us something better. 

Whenever I notice the tendency to hold something back or to not give something more, I'm going to recall the need to empty my arms so that I can be ready to receive something better. Can there be any better way to live than living abundance in action? 


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