Gratitude for Scarcity (?)

Since this post today is reflective of our current times, it may not make any sense. I picked an ironic title on purpose, however, these words contain a wealth of meaning. I profess to be a “wordsmith”, but I’m also occasionally a rhyming poet, and always a rambling one, so this is what I see:

Where does the wealth go?

Nature’s abundance in the world. I cannot see it, for the trees,

which are not there because the forests are bare… Shelves are bare in the stores, we can’t get any more…

I cannot go out until I spray paint my hair (to cover up those roots!), or put on a cap and it’s getting too warm for that!

I cannot go on with this silly rhyme, but can’t help myself – do it all the time! (Anyone who knows me, swears this is true!)

Getting serious now, even as I ramble I can see the irony… How can you have an attitude of gratitude when there’s lack and limitation?

Answer: Not only CAN you have that “attitude of gratitude”, but you MUST in order to survive!

WHY?  Because there’s so much Real Wealth in the Natural World, that we humans neglect or simply forget, so…

here’s a gentle reminder:

Roses or any glorious blooms remind us of our budding creativity!

As soon as you shift from the feelings of lack and limitation to abundance, you open up the gateways of your imagination. Better that, than allowing the walls to cave in on you! It’s human nature to appreciate beautiful things, so surround yourself in your home with potted plants, bouquets of flowers, your favorite artifacts or family heirlooms taken out of the mothballs, and proudly displayed wherever you want. Doesn’t matter that no one else will see your household decor. It’s enough that it makes you feel good just looking at your treasures! Oh boy, and if it’s a homemade item created by you or a loved one — a painting, sculpture, or clothing knitted or crocheted by hand, that’s even better. 🙂

In addition, some sage advice to remember: “Health Is Wealth”. Now more than ever, nobody can afford to take their health for granted. Whatever is touted as boosting the immune system is getting loads of press, lots of attention. But the old adage still applies: “Let your food be your medicine; let your medicine be your food.” In other words, we need to be proactive with our health, and not rely solely upon doctors, drugs or think the next “magic pill” will do the trick…

I was just talking to a dear friend of mine, of my parent’s generation, and I was really concerned about her health. She’s had a chronic condition for a long time and wears a neck brace because she fell and injured her head/ spinal column and damaged the Vagus nerve. Here is a definition: “The vagus nerve runs throughout the body and is responsible for the function and regulation of main bodily systems such as the heart and digestive tracts. The vagus nerve is used to regulate a variety of body functions including the heartbeat and the muscle movement necessary to keep you breathing.”  Her courage and stubborn resilience has kept her going, when others would have given up!

Even, being so debilitated, my friend managed to drive quite a distance to a specialist, a doctor highly recommended to her. However, when she mentioned the problem and her symptoms, this doctor said he didn’t know what the “vagus nerve” was – had never heard of that!  What?? How could that be??  After driving over 50 miles to see this so-called “specialist”, she finds out there’s nothing he can do for her! Well, needless to say, she doesn’t have much faith in doctors anymore!  Her faith is in God and His divine plan for her life. I believe that’s how it should be! “Let go and Let God” is one of my favorite mottos, and is very comforting and reassuring. 🙂

We must hold fast to Hope, no matter how difficult the circumstances. Be grateful for what you have. Reach out to others who have far less – the vulnerable members of our society. So this is my CALL TO ACTION:  Sign and Send your Petition for Pandemic Relief to include undocumented immigrants!

Thanks for your care and concern! Bless you, and keep you safe!!

One thought on “Gratitude for Scarcity (?)

  1. 2020-06-23
    Amazing how time flies when we chat and exchange ideas – so stimulating and rewarding – thanks so much for exploring our minds so fruitfully and empathically!

    I love creating meaningful questions that let one easily discover and hone the mindset of others. Here is a brand new one – fresh from from the oven (stimulated by our phone conversation and Darrell Rigby’s statement: Every moron can fail fast! see ‘Keys to Doing Agility Right with Darrell Rigby – YouTube’ – – @24min):
    • What do you prefer? Complain or Train?
    This question is significantly biased (projection bias) due to my experience with the French and German work culture. People ‘enjoy’ (frustratedly!) complaining about almost anything (lack of focus and lack of setting meaningful priorities on an individual basis). Most of them are convinced that others are responsible for the ‘mess’ the are complaining about. So others have to change (things) first.

    However, when we (e. g. leadership coaches) focus on establishing coherence between the emotional mind and the rational mind, we also see how much the emotional mind is ahead of the rational mind, or how much the rational mind is lagging behind in proactively anticipating in what the emotional mind is revealing already.
    In other words, those people’s mindsets have become too reluctant in figuring out what one oneself could proactively engage in to work toward a change for the better.

    So, what could we do to transform or reroute the ‘free’ emotional energy toward leveraging the power of open-minded collaboration in teams that are curious about learning how best to complement each other’s (emotional & rational) talent to jointly elaborate pragmatic methods that effectively overcome the issues while honing social responsibility while creating desirable coherence between the emotional mind and the rational mind?

    Fore example, stimulating simple open-ended questions (e. g. what are you enthusiastic about?; what are you curious about?) that let people more easily engage and empathically seek for further help from outside! Surprisingly (really?) frustration levels cease… — How much is this a wonderfully simple metric (applied to a sophisticated context) where one ‘smartly feels’ with a shared team spirit what works and what doesn’t? Of course, one shall be well aware of the pitfalls of instant gratification and focus on much more humanly valuable gratification emerging from collective efforts that meet or exceed the challenges which had been already identified by the human emotional mind.

    With curiosity and enthusiasm – always,
    enjoy your challenges,
    – Fritz

    Fritz Lebowsky, PhD
    Founder CEO


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