Embrace Your Abundance, Change the World

Just as a snowflake begins as a tiny speck in the Earth’s atmosphere that joins with other snowflakes thus blanketing the earth; so is each tiny action we take to make the world a better place.

In spite of the economy, here in the U.S. we are blessed to live surrounded by such abundance that the thought of millions of adults and children starving and dying of malnutrition in neighboring countries is almost unthinkable. The fact is, even here in the U.S., perhaps right around the corner from your neighborhood, there are families struggling to put food on the table.

In 2009, more than 1 billion people went hungry (Global Hunger Index) and an alarming 3 million of all child deaths, including right here in the U.S., were linked to malnutrition (World Health Organization).

Unfortunately, the current economic situation has put most of the world in a relentless state of fear and scarcity. Many of us wander around constantly reminded of everything we lack, forgetful of all that we have and all that we can do to help those around us. Many people are starving emotionally as well as nutritionally.

Yet, the majority of you reading this article right now do not necessarily need to live with a scarcity, fear-based mentality. You likely have an abundance of resources at your fingertips to support you to live happy, healthy and to prosper. All that you must do is accept what is offered and then take diligent action to improve your life.

Organizations, such as the United Nations have set steep goals to halve world hunger in the next five years, but the reality is those goals may not be feasible unless more of us step in and each do our part, no matter how insignificant it might seem, to contribute to ending this epidemic on a personal level.

Often recognizing what others do not have is a good motivator to recognize what YOU have and live accordingly. Your choice to live well affects the health of the entire world.

Practicing daily gratitude and appreciation for what you have, and using that gratitude as a catalyst to motivate yourself to treat your body with respect, in turn fuels deep feelings of self-respect that radiate outward and begin to affect those around you.

Affecting worldwide change begins with yourself, and has 3 key components:

  1. Learn to listen to, and then honor, the needs of your body. Eat when you are hungry; drink water when you are thirsty; rest when you are tired. Refuse to eat high-fat, heavily processed and pesticide-laced foods that destroy our environment and ultimately make the people of the world sick.
  2. Understand your emotions and avoid using food to cope with stressful life situations. Manage your stress; resolve your conflicts. Use whole food as fuel for your body to manage the good and the bad times in your life.
  3. Use your emotional and physical energy to understand the needs of our global community and take action to advocate for what you feel the most passionate for.

The seeds of worldwide change begin at home, in our own bodies, with our own selves and grow outward to our families, neighbors, cities and the world at large. Today, decide that you will help to make the world a healthier place through personal accountability and global awareness. Embrace all of the abundance that exists around you with gratitude and thus fuel the energy needed to actively make a difference for those who truly do need more.



Kirsten B.
Past Member 5 years ago

Great piece. And reminders are wonderful - it is so easy to get sidetracked even if both feet were securely on the path just two moments ago ...
Thank you for sharing.

William K.
William K5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton5 years ago

Elizabeth R., haha, no it's down to two faiths, the Catholics and the Muslims run neck and neck. The Catholics in America don't give a shit what the church tells them, they have as many children as they can afford, but in the third world countries where there are ignorant, poor people the church is expanding. For example Mexicans have 10 children to 1 of Americans. The American birth rate is flat. The Catholic church is the second largest mega-church in the world and they have big bucks. They could do a LOT about population control but they continue to spout hatred of gays and forbid condoms and abortions. Gays are 10% of the population. Just encouraging THEM would help cause they can't reproduce. This whole article has a touchy feely ring to it. Like I said "feeling" grateful for our "abundance" is about as useless in changing the world as praying for rain. It's just more of the "positive attitude" BS. The Catholic church has the money to actually DO SOMETHING. Do you see what I'm getting at?

Elizabeth R.
Elizabeth R5 years ago

There are none so hopelessly enslaved, than those who falsely believe they are free, bon =)

Elizabeth R.
Elizabeth R5 years ago

Jane, I don't think people have kids cos they have the pope standing next to them making them impregnate each other...

don't get me wrong, i don't believe any of their policies about protected sex is correct, but I'm also not so completely ignorant and closed minded to believe that over-population of this planet is down to one faith.
It's got nothing to do with absolutely no sex education in a lot of schools (or any SOCIAL education for that matter),
or the break down of the modern family unit (and thus the younger generations need to replace something they never got),
over-abundance in our lives leading to comfortable attitude towards population (the mums that have a toddler in a pram and a bump on the belly),
are you seriously saying that it's the fault of some church in rome that almost everyone in the western world believes it's their right and duty to have a family as soon as they believe they are comfortable?
think logically, please people, stop slinging complete one sided nonsense about.

I also agree with you that ALL religions have too much money, too much consumerist fetishism attached... preaching generosity and kindness whilst having a 2ft gold statue of buddah/jesus/moses whatever, in the next room.

But those of us with a brain can figure out that All Religion celestial balderdash anyways.

Linda O.
Linda Owen5 years ago

Great article. Thanks.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton5 years ago

Bonnie M., nothing wrong with it. In the article it says, "each tiny action we take makes the world a better place." I don't see how yawning and thinking grateful thoughts makes the world a better place. You're right, all of us have donation fatigue but the Catholic church has tons of money. They can actually DO SOMETHING to make the world a better place. That's the REAL way to make the world a better place. Practice what you preach and DO SOMETHING ABUNDANT, don't just talk about it. I am totally grateful with my tiny abundance but I can sit around all day and be grateful but that doesn't do the world any good. Does "tiny action" mean "positive thoughts" to you? It doesn't to me. Most of the posts here indicate positive thoughts and feelings. Action is totally different than thought and the article says, "tiny action".

Bonnie M.
Bonnie M5 years ago

This is a thoughtful article, reminding those who are not wanting of anything, that indeed, this abundance needs to be acknowledged with gratitude. There is so much to be thankful for- not just having enough food, but freedom is indeed a treasure to hold sacred.Where does the catholic church figure in this article, or the demand to give, give and give more. The world is already suffering from donation fatigue. What is so wrong with writing about gratitude for what one has?

Jane Barton
Jane Barton5 years ago

Alicia, us regular people are ALREADY kind to each other and help each other. We just can't DO that much even if we WANT to. Rich corporations and the Catholic church want to suck EVEN more money out of us instead of THEM TAKING RESPONSIBILITY!!! They have TONS of MONEY, they just want to HORD IT. MONEY is POWER and they don't want to give up THEIR MONEY!! They want us to give up OUR money.
And we don't have even enough for OURSELVES. Can anybody see through how they are brainwashing you?

Jane Barton
Jane Barton5 years ago

Christa, this article is about begging for money from us to give to starving children, it's not about you waking up in the morning and being happy to be alive. They are asking us to give MONEY that most of us don't have, instead of DEMANDING rich corporations and the Catholic church DO IT.
This article is NOT about GRATITUDE, it's about MONEY!!
The article says WE can change the WORLD by feeding starving children. I say we CAN'T. I say the Catholic church who MAKES SURE there ARE starving children in the world should STEP UP and TAKE CARE of THEM as well as the HUMONGOUSLY RICH CORPORATIONS of the WORLD!!
Isn't it about time WE ASK THEM???