Abundance: “The great or plentiful amount” as defined in any number of dictionaries. Katybeth over at Odd Loves Company chose tarot cards for some of us at the beginning of the year, then asked us to think about our word, how we could incorporate it into our lives, figure out what it meant to each of us.
My word was abundance.
I sometimes think about abundance when I’m at the grocery store, walking past the wall of cereal choices, or picking through mounds of produce. But most of the time I don’t give it much thought. And surely I am not alone in taking for granted the abundance in my life. Especially the abundance of stuff.
And that’s what it’s all about, right? The abundance of stuff? That’s why we all go to work – to pay for all the stuff; the house, the nice car, the trendy shoes, the best cuts of meat, that great bottle of wine. Because we’re used to having abundance. And we think we’ll be happy once we get that next great thing to add to the abundance we already have. Won’t we?
But I’ve been thinking small lately. There’s a growing trend of living in tiny houses, and even HGTV has jumped on the band wagon and now has a version of the show House Hunters that follows people looking for a tiny house. I’ve read a few blogs and articles that talk about the lifestyle. I think the most difficult thing is the downsizing, the divesting of a lifetime of accumulated abundance. And if you were to succeed at that…would you no longer have abundance?
Or would you, perhaps, recognize an abundance of a different kind?
Looking through my rose colored glasses I think you’d have an abundance of freedom and an abundance of choices for how to spend your day. And a person living tiny would still have all the abundances that really matter. Family love, good friends, a sense of serenity and peace, quiet times and times to share.
So on this winter weekend as I consider the abundances in my life what do you think? How tiny could you go? Have you looked? Not all tiny houses are log cabins on wheels, I’ve seen some stunning glass and wood houses perched on hills overlooking the woods or grasslands, other tiny places that melt into the landscape and let a person enjoy the abundance that nature has to offer.
It’s a thought.