Simple Abundance Readings

Day 10 – Are you ignoring your life?

The Jan. 10 reading for “Simple Abundance” is all about making the most of every moment of life so we don’t leave this earthly world with regrets. It references Emily from Thornton Wilder’s Our Town and some Christians’ practice of celebrating the Epiphany. You could look at Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for a similar message (live each moment with a generous spirit), and I’m sure there are many more references in classic or popular fiction…

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Day 9 – Do you really neeeeed what you want?

Today’s message asks us to examine what we really need for happiness, the goal being, I presume, to get us to shift perceptions from seeing our glasses half full instead of half empty. So what do we really need for happiness? When I first asked myself this question, my answer was the pretty simple: Aside from health, which is not something entirely in my control, a roof over my head in a safe environment with…

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Seeking happiness: it’s our job

Journey to Contentment Day 8 The message for January 8 is that “authentic” happiness goes far beyond the new pair of shoes we’ve been eyeing, or the kitchen remodel we’ve been hoping for. This kind of happiness is found only deep within each person’s soul, and it has to be sought, purposely. In encouraging us to strive for that level of contentment, Breathnach quotes both Robert Louis Stevenson, who wrote that it’s a personal duty…

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Smiling through pain?

  The January 7 reading is titled “How Happy Are You Right Now?” Uh….crickets…crickets…crickets. To be fair, my present state of UN-happiness has more to do with the excruciating pain in my back (literal, not figurative) that has been plaguing me for almost a week now.  (I strained/pulled it last Friday just reaching for something. Great.) But that’s beside the point. The reading references “A Life of One’s Own,” a 1934 journal by Englishwoman Joanna…

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Starving in plenty

  The January 6 theme is “Standing Knee-Deep in a River and Dying of Thirst.” That’s a pretty self-explanatory title, meaning how we can be so blessed but so wanting at the same time. I think it’s human nature to always want more. No matter how much money we make, we spend. Our pantries might be stocked, but we shop the weekly grocery sales anyway. And we stuff more in our pantries. I’m reading a…

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Sisterhood, the food of my soul

  Have you ever looked in the mirror and saw the face of a stranger reflected back at you? (No, I’m not talking about if some creep has followed you into the women’s room and is looming behind you, ready to pounce! Get your mind out of the suspense gutter!) 🙂 I’m talking about looking at yourself as if you don’t know that person. The Jan. 5 “Simple Abundance” reading is about that–how it’s normal,…

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It’s okay to pamper yourself

  The January 4 reading for “Simple Abundance” is all about not saving the best for special occasions. Use your good china for your nightly dinners. Put on your special jewelry for a normal day at the office. Have your morning coffee in a beautiful cup and saucer. Dress up at home, just to feel good. So what do I think? I appreciate the message. I think there’s value in it. But as a practice,…

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Simple Abundance Readings

Happy 2016!

Happy 2016! As I type that, I can hardly believe the date, especially as I look back on the year that just flew past. I’m reminded of the old slogan: Today is the first day of the rest of your life. It’s trite, and simplistic, but true. But I can’t help but ask myself–what am I going to do with today, and with “the rest of my life”? I’m not going to make resolutions since…

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