dallashartwigScarcity. I've mentioned it before here and on the @livingexperimentpodcast, and I just started reading a book by that title (by Mullainathan & Shafir).
The more I observe my own reactions to people and events and observe others, the more I realize that mentality of scarcity permeates and poisons much (most?) of our society. (I say the *mentality* of scarcity because it is perception, but good luck convincing someone who sees scarcity everywhere that there can be an abundance of love, acceptance, time, pleasure, and money.) There are, of course, both genetic & environmental inputs that steer someone towards a way of being that makes them fear scarcity every day, everywhere. Thankfully, we each have the opportunity to chart a new course for ourselves that is expansive, full of love, and abundant. As Oscar Wilde puts it, "Who, being loved, is poor?" Don't miss this: that love doesn't have to come from someone else. It can be your own, so the implication is that everyone may choose to experience love and abundance, regardless of their circumstances. I had a powerful conversation with a young man in Cuba recently, who, despite describing his food rations and a ramshackle infrastructure and severely limited economic opportunity, said to me: "I don't have a lot but I have enough."
The astronomical tragedy is that a scarcity mentality breeds more scarcity. The belief that your partner isn't trustworthy will beget untrustworthiness. The belief that you don't have enough time will always leave you harried and stressed and, yes, short on time. The belief that you won't be loved or accepted enough will cause you the feel unloved and unaccepted. (How do I know this? Because I've lived it.) Beliefs are infinitely powerful things, and they shape the world as we experience it in ways that we will probably never fully recognise.
One of the incredible things about nature is that there is beautiful abundance everywhere. Keep in mind, abundance is not luxurious excess, but it's also more than just barely enough. It's hard to look out at the greens & blues and not find some abundance there. Take a minute and study this photograph. And feel the scarcity mentality lose ground.
- t_ebbanieYour real, raw and direct thoughts have stirred something within me- I will come back to read this, no, study this. Your expressions are legit! 💜
- sonz9Whether or not you are a Deepak Chopra fan, he posits, much like Einstein did, that time is relative or rather, our perception of it is. Not only time, but the supposed havoc that it causes, mainly disease and lack of longevity. I'm paraphrasing, but because there is an overabundance of anything really, and because we have an infinity of choices present to us at all times, we truly become ageless and disease-less when we turn our backs on scarcity. Book is called Ageless Body, Timeless Mind for any fellow bookies. 🤓
- ronbarnessScarcity - the idea of it or the belief that Americans don't have enough/need mor - is a main ingredient in DJT's toxic soup.
- dallashartwig@ronbarness 100%, Ron. Scarcity is the fuel that powers the capitalist engine.
- adjitatorLove only ever comes from within, in fact everything comes from within. We live in a world of our own perceptions, 100%
- sspayne3This is very applicable to my own life right now. I keep thinking I don't have enough money and I get panicky about it. Two generations ago my family was dirt poor. And somehow my cozy safe apartment isn't enough? I have to keep reminding myself. Well-timed Mr. Hartwig.
- sisichichiI love this! Trying to embrace a more minimalistic lifestyle has forced me to confront so many ways I've held on to a scarcity mentality.
- eoakleyI just made a list of the women in my life who I love and admire. Scarcity of love is nowhere to be found. Such abundance! Thank you for sharing your musings and your adventures.
- rosafern3That photo is breathtaking. Opulent, in fact.
- kristih33Man, I love this post. I have worked so hard the past 3 years on these same ideas. I think it is so easy to focus on what is lacking, going wrong or not showing up for us. The single hardest job (in my opinion) is to change your programming, in order to change your external world. It's a daily, almost minute by minute awareness of the old thoughts....then to work on changing them. I started with gratitude. When my life seemed like absolute shit, I started small. Food to eat, family of origin that loves me, an education etc. Only then you realize those aren't the small things, they're the big ones. Being able to be here, with a goal to be of service in the biggest way possible, is abundance in and of itself. Thank you for your words 🙏
- le1lan1cThanks for shedding more light on this topic. The scarcity mentality is something I'm trying to change as well. The more aware I am of scarcity thinking in me the more I see it around me. Dallas you are nailing every topic you address. I truly look forward to your posts.
- sarah.ehsani💚 Nature can change your mentality about so many things. I sighed looking at this photo...Instant mood changer 😊
- firstname.lastname@example.org That's exactly the desired effect. Thank you for experiencing that.
- freerangehealingI love this (and the photo makes me long to go back to Aosta!). I realized a couple years ago that I have a scarcity mentality, and it's incredibly hard not to default to it. My progress in shedding that mentality has been glacially slow.
- createthelove@dallashartwig - thank you! That means so much! 🙏🏻 cause I've loved your work too! ✨
- tia_silvercocoonThe executive director of the American Refugee Committee (based in Minneapolis, MN) spoke about this relationship between abundance & scarcity (real and perceived) this year at their annual fundraising event (Changemakers Ball) ... You can imagine the impactful work they do, when their leader understands this.
- realfoodie_otWOW. I listened to the podcast episode where ya'll discussed scarcity, but it wasn't until reading this caption that I had an epiphany about it's presence in my life.
- colette.stevensonWhat a fantastic shot. (I have a scarcity of internet at the moment for another week but want to wish you all the very best for 2017, Dallas. I enjoy your posts very much.) :)
- far_north123That was so on point - thank you
- lulustyleslifeSoooooooo perfect, Thank you!! @wakeuplulu 🙏🏻📿💕
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