|“Your attitude colors every aspect of your life. It is like the mind’s paintbrush.”|
|John C. Maxwell|
So always make sure you have a good attitude so that you paint a pretty picture!
“If you want one year of prosperity, grow grain If you want ten years of prosperity, grow trees If you want one hundred years of prosperity, grow people”
I wanted to use a 3D Sonar picture of my grand-daughter Janey (pronouced Yan nay) My daughter is 8 months pregnants tomorrow, baby due 4th December 🙂 but it won’t upload.
This pic is a people tree scupture from Columbia MD
a·bun·dance əˈbʌn dənsPronunciation[uh–buhn-duh ns] –noun
|1.||an extremely plentiful or over sufficient quantity or supply: an abundance of grain.|
|2.||overflowing fullness: abundance of the heart.|
|3.||affluence; wealth: the enjoyment of abundance.|
|4.||Physics, Chemistry. the number of atoms of one isotope of an element divided by the total number of atoms in a mixture of the isotopes.|
I like the second definition “abundance of the heart” I want to talk a bit about living in abundance. I believe that far too few of us live in abundance.And I’m not talking just of financial abundance. I mean abundance in all areas of life. I’m talking about people living an all out abundant life. The few that do, stand out like a sore thumb, have books written about them, write books about themselves J I think Richard Branson (mentioned in my last article too) might be such a man. The late Steve Erwin, the intrepid Australian wild life man might have lived such a life – what a character he was. He died living his life to the full. I plan to die living my life to the full also, but not until I’m at least 104 years old. So much to do so little time. J Christians, particularly, should be living abundant lives. “I came to give you life and that in abundance.”
I was journaling the other day and jotted down some things I believe people, and as I say, particularly Christians, should be. They should be excited, joyous, fulfilled, boisterous, living, vibrant, intoxicate with love and life, exuberant, expressive, wild, experimental, more-ish, magnificent, deliberate, delighted, individual, unique, creative, divine, powerful, playful. This list was just jotted down early one morning, I am sure it could be adjusted, modified and added to and I am aware that it will vary from person to person, but you get the idea.
Many of us, maybe most of us, are taking life too lightly. We are taking the easy route. I was watching some cricket the other day and the commentator commented (cause that’s what they do:-) that the batsman played a “lazy shot”. The following ball he played another “lazy shot” and he was out. I thought at the time that’s what we do, we take a lazy shot at life and then we are out. We take the easy route, the low road. In some ways we take the road of least resistance. I want us to step up a few gears, maybe get into a new vehicle all together.
So how do we do that?
Well the first thing we need to do, if we are going to live an abundant life, is to decide that we want it, decide that we are not going to settle for second best, but we are gonna take hold of everything life has to offer. And it has such a lot to offer believe you me.
Then we need to make abundance a main value. (So many of the things I write, tempt me to go of on a tangent, but I will just have to be content to stay on track and come back to them at a later stage:-) Okay, so we make abundance a main value, one of the values we live by, like integrity and love for instance. It must be something we strive for, put effort into, get more and more of a hold of.
Thirdly, we must start to believe that we can have it. We can have anything we want, but “we have not because we ask not”
Then, start to imagine it, dream it and start living in it.
And of coarse watch this space for more and more tips on how to lay hold of abundant living.
Abundance is evident everywhere in the universe, from the amount of rain that poured out in buckets here last night, to the multitudes of stars in our amazing universe. You plant one apple seed and a tree grow with hundreds of apples each with their own cache of seeds.
Its time that we tapped into this abundance and allowed it to flow through our lives.
I want to tell you about my friend Laurie Beth.
Laurie Beth is one of the most insightful, positive people I know. She encourages me on a regular basis, the advice and up-liftment I get from her is very special. She is a fantastic Motivational Speaker, Life Coach and Writer (much like me J) Just this morning I was amazed by another powerful revelation that she was sharing with me. I can truly say that my life has been radically changed by the relationship we have had.
“And what kind of relationship is that?” you might ask. Well I have been reading her books now for a good few months. “Only reading her books!” you might respond. Yes! and boy does it feel like I know her personally.
The first friend I made in this way was John G. John G and I are good buddies, the fact that he has been dead for 75 years has not dulled the edge of his influence on my life. I have devoured his words greedily. He speaks with such authority, boldness and truth. I love Him. His full name is John G Lake. You may have heard of him, he is the father of the Apostolic Faith Mission denomination in South Africa, amongst many other wonderful things. What a mighty man of God he is. I’m sure you will hear more about him from me in the future.
What I am saying, is that we can have amazing people influencing our lives just by picking up a book and reading what they have to say. We must not underestimate the profound influence they can have on us. My son has just finished reading Richard Branson’s autobiography and its amazing the amount of priceless information he is willing to share with anyone who cares to read it. If you consider yourself and entrepreneur you should be making a friend of Richard Branson. We need to be bettering ourselves, working on improving ourselves all the time, we need help and encouragement from everywhere we can get it and good books are and invaluable source.
I highly recommend Laurie Beth Jones’ Book Jesus, CEO.
Reading a chapter a day will keep you encouraged and motivated for a good while. I’m just about to start reading it for a second time, so I am sure you will be benefiting indirectly from her, but why not get her book and make an invaluable friend of her yourself like I have.
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.
H Jackson Brown
This goes with the “Seize the now!” line that I ended my invitation letter with.
Do the best you can now, cause you can’t do tomorrow now, you can only do now well now!
I will expand more on this at a later stage.
For those who don’t know what the “Ceasing” is about I wrote Cease instead of Seize on the first bunch of mails I sent out – just a Brain glich I do know the differance 🙂
H Jackson Brown wrote Life’s little instruction book www.instructionbook.com/