This was my fave fortune ever: A feast is as good as enough.
The Chinese food wasn’t bad either, but it’s been years now and I’ve eaten a lot of fried rice, still I remember that one fortune.
At the time, I was always worried about money. I’ve had some stressful times, particularly when I was younger, just starting out as a writer and living day-to-day, month-to-month, unsure how I was going to make my house payment. But I’ve had no big financial trauma.
I’ve worked hard, but in return I’ve always been rewarded with shelter, food, and a little extra to go out to eat or do something fun. I’m not suffering. And still, I have worried.
But the message in the fortune cookie that night triggered something in me. Was I holding out for the feast? Or was enough all I really wanted?
What would it take for me to feel “rich?” What does money represent to me and what does abundance look like?
Living a Rich Life
It’s hard to recognize that we already have what we want if we don’t know what it looks like. When we aren’t clear about how we view abundance or wealth, we can’t notice when we have it.
When I stopped to consider how I define abundance, I realized, I had it all along.
I have a career that inspires me.
I have relationships with people whom I love and whom support me.
I have the physical strength to do what I would like.
I have enough money to pay for a nice home, heat in the winter, food when I’m hungry and other basics that keep me comfortable and safe.
I have freedom to decide what to eat, and where to go.
I pick and choose. Can’t do all that I’d like. But, I can do some of what I want and all that I need.
That’s what money really means to me. Freedom. Freedom to choose. And when I got clear about what true abundance looked like to me, I realized I was already living an abundant life.
Ahhh. Exhale. This realization took a bunch of pressure off. Helped me to give more freely of my time and money because I realized I wasn’t going to go without. If I was already creating abundance in my life, I knew that I would continue to do so.
Of course I have to remind myself of this, still. I circle back to these questions again and again because my old beliefs about money and lack and the nature of abundance keep cycling through. Sometimes leaving me worried or tense.
For years I lived with the belief that I had to do more to create an abundant life, when in reality I needed to continue doing my work, creating my life, and noticing all that I already had.
How do you answer these questions?
How do you define abundance?
What does it mean to feel rich?
What does money represent to you?
What do you want?
When you get clear on what abundance is to you, you can then take inspired action to create it, and move toward the work and people, qualities and things that make you feel rich. Or, you might just be like me and discover you’ve had it all along.
Remember, enough will fill you just as full as a feast.