Such love does
the sky now pour,
that whenever I stand in a field,
I have to wring out the light
when I get
~ St. Francis of Assisi
I have so much energy when the sun is this bright and warm. I truly soak it in. It’s easy for me to have an “abundance” mindset in the summer. I see all the beautiful fruits and vegetables at the farmer’s market, marvel at the brilliant and fragrant flowers in the many gardens around me, and enjoy the challenge of choosing from all the possible fun activities to fit into the day.
I used to have a “scarcity” mindset. I wasn’t generous because I never felt there was enough extra to give away. What if I needed that thing later? I didn’t feel confident in my own skills or value so I could easily become jealous or defensive. It’s taken me many years of being around other generous people to learn to trust that there is more than enough to go around for everyone. Gratitude for all I’ve been given spurs me to be more generous. With abundance also comes responsibility. When I see all the blessings and opportunities I’ve been given, I want to use those things to make a difference in the world.
My challenge now is to maintain an “abundance” mindset even when the sun isn’t shining, even when things aren’t going well, even when I feel stuck. This isn’t about being content with just enough; it’s about believing that I have more than enough. “More than enough” reminds me that I have so much more than most people on the face of the earth. No matter what the weather, the season or my emotional state, I don’t have to hoard the light I wring out of my clothes—or anything that comes into my life.