Thursday’s Thought: Lynne Twist on Scarcity

For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is ‘I didn’t get enough sleep.’  The next one is ‘I don’t have enough time.’  Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it.  We spend most of the hours and the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining or worrying about what we don’t have enough of… we don’t have enough exercise we don’t have enough work. W e don’t have enough profits.  We don’t have enough power.  We don’t have enough wilderness.  We don’t have enough weekends.  Of course, we don’t have enough money – ever.

We’re not thin enough, we’re not smart enough were not pretty enough or fit enough or educated or successful enough or rich enough – ever.  Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the floor, we’re already inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something.  And by the time we go to bed at night, our minds race with a litany of what we didn’t get, or didn’t get done, that day.  We go to sleep burdened by those thoughts and wake up tho the reverie of lack… what begins as a simple expression of the hurried life, or even the challenged life, grows into the great justification for an unfulfilled life.

Lynne Twist, The Soul of Money

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