We used to believe that our lives became fuller and richer as we focused on areas of lack, and concentrated on bringing more abundance to those areas. We might pray to a God in the distance or call forth a power from within ourselves. In either case, we were trying to bring a spiritual force to bear, to fill the perceived lack.
I’m sure all of us have had some degree of success with this approach. Prayer works, and simply being willing to call on a higher power – within ourselves or beyond the universe – cannot fail to produce results. But the work was intense, and the results often didn’t feel spiritually appropriate. And if we eased up on the work, we often saw the results fade away.
Slowly we are coming to a new understanding of creative process – new to us, that is. It’s an understanding that Jesus tried to communicate two millennia ago.
The key is a simple but profound reversal of what we thought we knew. Our lives become fuller and richer, not by focusing on what appears to be missing, but by appreciating the fullness and richness that are already expressing. That energy of appreciation seems to energize all the good in our lives, and even more good is drawn to us as a result.
Today I pause to deeply appreciate the good in my life – my home, my friends, my work, my interests and opportunities, even my challenges. I know that the good continues to expand as I am open to receive it, and I am grateful. Thank you, God!