The Whole Person Blog: Week Nine, Day Three, Part 2/2 - Letting Go of Scarcity
Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
Brene describes scarcity as the disease of "never enough." Regardless of the resources, attributes, skill-sets, reputation, and status we have, it's seemingly not ever enough. Why is it that we always want "more." Where did this affliction (false self) originate?
When I think of scarcity, I think of America, and more specifically, the "American Dream," a term coined by writer and historian James Truslow Adams. He described it as "that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement." While I'm sure he was as well-intentioned as the 92% of people who fail to reach their goals every day, his definition stems from a scarcity:
His reference to dreams takes the power, the abundance, the heaven out of the NOW, leaving us in search of joy, when all along, it's we who are the good news and the realized dream
Dreams often stem from our unmet needs, making the pursuit of them heavy, defining, and unfulfilling
Notice the term "should," a statement of expectation and a complete contradiction to the nature of reality (ISness), leaving us filled with and fueled by frustration, disappointment, and resentment
The future-oriented terms of better, richer, and fuller leave us at a starting point of poverty, insufficiency, and inadequacy (never enough)
This definition reminds me of the famous Peter Drucker quote: "What gets measured gets managed."
Part of the MindBodySpirit® Coaching engagement is helping people to "find" all of those qualities within themselves by way of their breath, which inherently expresses abundance, YESness, and significance. If the bar is not set as low as the breath (foundational goodness), scarcity will become your way of life, whether or not you intend it to.
Here's a list showing how scarcity commonly manifests in our culture.
Too many good quotes surrounding this topic:
"It is very hard to heal inside of an unhealthy, unhealed culture." Richard Rohr
"Abundance is not something we acquire; it's something we tune into." Wayne Dyer
"Practicing gratitude is how we acknowledge that there's enough, and we're enough." Brene Brown