Ever hear yourself say, “Be grateful that you have food on your plate”?! I bet that I am not the only parent reading this who has heard these words come out of their mouths when the kids balk at what is being served! But what really is being grateful?
A local businesswoman, Heidi Metro, has created awesome t-shirts and greeting cards with the definition of grateful on them. Grateful is defined as, “deeply thankful.” I love that definition. I would like to add it to, however, the concept of abundance. I believe that when you combine being deeply thankful with the idea of there being plenty to go around,
you have a recipe for peace, acceptance and growth.
Abundance, to me, is a mindset. The opposite of abundance is scarcity. A person is abundant when they share a client name with another business that may also be able to serve them. Scarcity is holding onto the name because we feel threatened. Abundance is helping someone because they simply need help; scarcity is holding back help because you don’t have time. Kids “get” abundance; we teach scarcity.
So, at this Thanksgiving season, let’s work on developing a mindset of gratefulness and abundance. Let’s be deeply thankful for what we have been given and abundantly give what is needed.
Thank you to all of our co-op volunteers, who have abundantly given of your time and energy!