What is abundance? Having anything you may want is what many would consider abundance. I disagree, having enough is abundance, a synonym would be plenty. So many animals struggle, live every day just trying to survive while humans go to a store and pick up a weeks worth (if not more) of food with no effort. Is that plenty, is that abundance? In our modern world that’s a hard question to answer but to me-yes it is.
So many feel unsatisfied without a lot of ‘stuff’. I am slowly learning that enough is truly enough. Abundance isn’t having more than you need, it’s having what you need. The gods do provide, maybe not what you want but what you need. It’s a hard concept to accept for most people, they feel they deserve more than enough which leads too…greed.
We are different from the other animals because humans have tendencies towards greed, animals don’t. While an animal may fight its herd mates for a carcass they do stop eating and allow the others a chance, too often people will eat and then drag that ‘carcass’ away for themselves while leaving their fellow man to struggle. They don’t feel an urge to share the wealth, which is so disappointing…I love sharing. I may not share enough, certainly when times are tough my generosity isn’t as ample as it could be, but I do TRY to help.
Teaching our children and ourselves to accept the abundance of nature is in direct conflict with modern society. So they may not have the sugar laden cereals they want, but they have FOOD; nutritious food. Part of this is being grateful for the gifts nature provides. The photos below show the generosity of a friend, who recently said come pick up a deer. Having no luck hunting we were ecstatic! It’s been difficult for Little Sizzling Hiney to get past the sadness associated with death but she really impressed us Saturday night by literally getting her hands dirty.
She was sad at first, yet she wanted to watch what we were doing. Great! Knowing where your meal comes from, and how is an important lesson we want them to learn. She pet the hide and at first looked on the verge of tears but worked through that to become helpful. We talked about the sad feelings, that it’s OK to feel them but to be grateful this animal died quickly and is providing for our lives. Part of being grateful is not wasting anything, not taking for granted that another being died for our survival, to mentally say thank you for this gift.
Breakfast-Zombie Killer style. Steak and Eggs.