I've noticed that there is a mental attitude creeping into our lives today that focuses on 'scarcity'. So many of us have a mindset that thinks we're missing out. We don't have as much as other people have, we don't have as much money as we'd like, we don't have as much time as we'd like, we don't get as much sleep as we'd like, we don't get as many lucky breaks as we'd like, and the list goes on.
In contrast, there is a whole philosophy out there that claims that the opposite to a mentality of scarcity is to have a mindset of abundance. To claim your entitlement to an abundant life. To not settle for having less of anything, but rather to aim for abundance in all things. The idea that if you think of abundance and focus on abundance, abundance will manifest itself in your life and your will have more than you ever dreamed of. The belief that you are entitled to have your every whim and desire met and fulfilled to overflowing.
I'd like to suggest that there is a much happier middle ground somewhere between those two extremes of "scarcity and "abundance" and that it is summed up by the word "enough". Instead of constantly craving more, we need to appreciate that we already have more than enough to live a contented life. We need to start being grateful for the "enough-ness" of our lives. We may not have as much as some people, but we have more than enough.
If we don't get a handle on this, we will live lives of envy and discontentment and never find the quiet satisfaction of knowing we are blessed in so many ways. We will always be searching for more and even if we get more, there will always be the next thing, and the next until we die. They say that "he who dies with the most toys...wins" but does he really? Maybe he never stopped long enough to enjoy those toys because he was always striving after the next possession or experience.
Lets see our dissatisfaction for what it is, and replace it with an appreciation of the "enough-ness" in our lives. Lets be grateful for our blessings and not spend our lives deploring what we think we're missing out on, or what we think we should be entitled to. Lets turn society on its head and say "I have enough thank you". I think the world would be a happier place if we all did that.