Whether it’s more money, a successful spouse, an amazing career, bigger house, expensive car – it’s easy to get caught up in the idea that material prosperity is essential to living abundantly. I can tell you from experience that it’s not.
Obviously we need money to exist in the world. The necessities of food, shelter, clothing as well as all the other essentials of modern-day living have to be purchased. And it’s great to have luxuries that make our lives easier and more pleasurable. Yet there is so much more to life than material wealth. And the beautiful truth is that the things that give our life meaning and depth can’t be purchased.
“The best things in life aren’t things.” ― Art Buchwald
Unfortunately, I learnt this lesson the hard way. As a young woman I appeared to have an enviable lifestyle. I was a well paid professional, with no family commitments. I presented as a self-assured, carefree individual who worked and played hard. Surely I had everything going for me? Actually, nothing could have been further from the truth.
Everything about me was a fake. I wore the mask of confidence and the costume of abundance. But underneath I was a complete physical and mental wreck. Alcoholism was costing me everything I possessed and depression was dragging me into suicidal depths. Being tortured by the nightmares of my past, bearing the shame of my addiction and believing that life was futile made a near fatal combination.
I had lost it all and hit rock bottom in every way conceivable. But although it was the worst time of my life, it also became the turning point. As I started to put my life together again I realised that even though my finances only met the most basic needs, I could appreciate my existence on a totally new level. It wasn’t easy or instantaneous.
Gradually rejecting anything that had left me spiritually and emotionally bankrupt, I was eventually free enough to embrace everything that enriched my mind, body and soul. I reclaimed my faith, found the courage to heal and started on a journey of previously unimaginable riches.
My greatest treasure of all was learning how to love and be loved. All the money in the world couldn’t replace the joy and happiness I have experienced through love in my life. Strangers, acquaintances, friends or family – it doesn’t matter where the love comes from. What matters is that I can accept it, cherish it and reciprocate genuine heart-felt affection.
Indira Gandhi said “Where there is love, there is life.” For me, that’s an insightful truth. And whilst I’d love to be better off financially I can count myself as rich as any wealthy tycoon. Because I don’t just have love in my life, I have abundant love.
“Where there is abundant love, there is abundant life.” ~ The Hurt Healer
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