Archive: My Philosophy

Want Abundance? Choose ‘Fun’ Consciously

(courtesy Luke Jones via Flickr)

(courtesy Luke Jones via Flickr)

I have a friend who whenever he talks to me asks me what I have planned to do for fun. He’s a party person — loves getting together with friends, lots of drinking and laughing, that sort of thing. He’s out most weekends with his gang of friends. He’s what we might call a “fun” person.

And that’s fine for him, but it’s just not the way I have fun.

Fun is a subjective term —  it is so personalized that it’s difficult to describe. We each know what it is when we’re in the midst of it. Fun should be a part of lives. That said, like all things, we should be wary of too much fun. Our fun should help us get to the goals we’ve set for ourselves.

Do the things we do for fun bring us joy and peace and abundance?

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The Importance of Being Grateful

credit: BR via Flickr

credit: BR via Flickr

In my ebook The Improbable Millionaire, I talk about growing up poor. Oh my gosh, how lucky was I! Although my home was troubled and money was tight or nonexistence most of the time, we had so much more than many of my wealthier friends and neighbors. It’s not what we have that brings us abundance, but how we feel about what we have.

I can remember a Christmas when I was about seven years old. My grandmother gave me a skirt that she had bought for me when she visited New York City. Black with red and yellow and green stars on it, it had a wide hem and when I twirled around, it would swing with me. I loved that skirt and probably wore it to school two or three times a week all the way through elementary school. When I finally out grew it and couldn’t wear it as a regular skirt any more, I used to dress up in it on Halloween or when I went roller skating. I don’t know what eventually happened to it, but that one gift and how I felt about it stills lingers in my mind today.

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Step Nine To Abundance: Ask Yourself the Important Questions

(courtesy Iqbal Osman via Flickr)

(courtesy Iqbal Osman via Flickr)

In an earlier blog entry I talked about the importance of being honest with yourself. Being honest with yourself is an important step to knowing who you are, but there’s often more work to be done to fully discover what is most important to you. And knowing that can lead you to abundance!

The world is a crazy place that throws so many messages at us all the time. Most of those messages are neither true nor important. We’ve got to stop believing all the marketing around us since the messages tend more to lessen our self esteem rather than bolster our egos or self worth.

We don’t need things to have abundance, in fact, it’s just the opposite. The need to have things will likely destroy any chance we have of gaining abundance in today’s world.

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Step Eight to Abundance: Avoid the Money Robbers

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(courtesy Jeff Kubina via Flickr)

In the last blog entry, we talked about free stuff. Today we’re talking about exactly the opposite — expensive stuff or money robbers.

We all have them in our lives and unfortunately, as long as they’re there, abundance will elude us.

What are the money robbers?

Debt is number one. I can’t speak to the idea of a crushing debt problem, personally, because I escaped the debt trap. Timing was one reason. When I was in college, credit cards were not available to kids. Thank goodness for that.

I also grew up with depression-era parents, and although we were poor in material things, my parents did not have a lot of debt.

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Step Seven to Abundance: Do Cheap (and Free) Stuff

In Hollywood, Florida, where I live, there is so much free stuff to do.

(photo credit Ryan Johnson via Flickr)

(photo credit Ryan Johnson via Flickr)

I bet there is where you live, too. The Hollywood city website is a great source of all sorts of free activities in my community as are the local newspapers–the free ones I’m mailed each month. There is so much going on here and so much of it is free or very low cost.

There has to be lots of free things to do around you, too. Hiking, biking, walking, running, swimming in ponds or lakes or local public pools, or bird watching, or playing tennis in public parks, or going to local youth sporting events, or picnicking in the country, or going to free concerts or lectures or plays in the park are all things you can do. I know you can come up with lots of other ideas. Not only are doing many of these things good for your wallet, but they are also good for you physically and mentally and socially.

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