Friday, May 1, 2009

Paying Homage to the Abundance Gods

I had a mightily abundant week recently. I hope I can remember enough about it to really do it justice. See, I was going to write about it at the end of THAT very week, but somehow life got in the way... or I did. At the risk of sounding like one of those New Age flaky gurus of late, I am trying to change my relationship with money. It was a concept that made a lot of sense to me, and I'm going with it. I mean, when times are tough, I have no problem whining about money and how much I hate it's invisible power of all of us... so at the very least I think it should get equal billing when times are good. It's a start, right?

Too much time has passed for me to be able to catch the essence of how that week felt and went down, but this is how I remember it. Like many of us, I've been in contact with the Great Spirit about what I can do to create more abundance in my life. I mean, we are getting by, but lets face it, we all want to have enough to not live month to month... that is the kind of abundance I'm referring to. I had begun the practice of changing my relationship with money and how I think and feel about it, treat it, and etc... about 6 months or so ago. (Well, that's not entirely true. The seeds were planted in my brain about a year and a half ago) In any case, if any of this is actually working and I think it is, because well, everything begins in our heads first, and that's no lie. Perception may not be 100 percent of reality, but it's damn sure close. Anyway, I've been working on all of those things and doing my mantras, accepting where I am/we are (I"m married with a child), being grateful for all the wonderful resources and blessings we enjoy now, being as generous as I can with others, etc etc etc.... Ok, so I am doing my part spiritually and otherwise so that the forces that rule the universe will become activated and begin the financial prosperity ball rolling in our direction. I kept up these disciplines and eventually, the expectation of any return sort of faded away... I am now in the habit of being grateful and doing my mantras and etc regardless though. Can't hurt, might help.

Well, we got little trickles here and there. An unexpected gift from my mom here. A refund check there. Nothing really big or really consistent. Over time, I noticed that although we were still struggling... we weren't broke yet. Nobody came to kick us out of our house and my hub kept getting enough work for us to squeak by for another month. This was not the plan, but we were being sustained and it was ok. I was, and still am, grateful for that. For the last 3 years we have not been sure what, if any work we will have from month to month, sometimes week to week.

So a little more time passes, and the same is happening... only this one week in particular was different. After abandoning my home based book sales business some months ago, I got a call from a neighbor who wanted to buys some books! Great! So, she did and we had a nice visit. Then I get a rebate check in the mail that I had completely forgotten about. This was not incredible news because it was owed to me, but it was like finding an extra 10 or 20 bucks in your coat pocket from last year... so this is also good. Next I get a wonderful thank you note in the mail from a friend who I did a favor for eons ago. In with the note was a gift card to Kohls. YAY! More thanks than I expected or needed, but I'll take it! By the end of that week, I had fresh veggies and home made soup from my friend Ms. Moon. Now if you've ever eaten a garden grown veggie, you know what a great gift that is... and the same goes double for Ms Moon's soup. (To this day, any time I tell my son we are having soup he asks, "Is it Ms Moon's soup?") She has raised the bar way higher than my arms can reach... poor Harley! Anyway, not only did we get the hottest most incredible mustard greens on the planet, we got some collards and a few herbs to boot. She also gave me a ticket to see her wonderful play at the Monticello Opera house and also provided me a charming escort who bought me 2 beers! And if that wasn't all, we got to meet Mr. Perkins, the Opera house's own resident inhabiting spirit/poltergeist. He flickered the stage lights, then turned them off... just long enough to get our attention, then back on. Mr. Perkins, you rascal! Oh yea, and also my son and I were excited to go to a garage sale that week, and when we got there it was over... BUT... they had a freebie table so we got lots of old extension chords and a couple of books for the hub. Turns out they were the BEST presents I ever got for him. (He has a nasty habit of either guessing his presents or being so particular about them, I always know he is going to return them) I tried to get him a blue tooth once... I'll spare you that story.

So it doesn't end here. One of my best friends that lives about 5 hours away was on her way to a conference and was stopping by to see us for a few hours. I have very few friends here in town anymore so this was like finding a coca cola in the desert as they say. I was sooooooOooo excited! We had a great visit and lunch. And SHE came bearing gifts! Her hub makes the absolute BEST salsa in the world. I'd put it up against any other, easily. I got 2 jars of his April Fool's batch of salsa. Pure heaven. Then she also brought a beautiful new cutting board and some mukluks. Also, for Harley, she brought a home made drum. He LOVES it! The best part was just visiting though. It was just odd that it happened on this week, and that not only did we get a visit, but gifties on top. AND SHE wanted to buy books as well. (So bizarre!)

I'm thinking there was even more that floated in, but I just can't remember now. I wish I were more organized and disciplined. I absolutely knew as it was happening that I should write this stuff down, but I guess I didn't think the list would keep going! Who am I kidding? I'm a slacker. But I think the important thing is I am now not only recognizing, but celebrating abundance and prosperity in all it's forms. I am doing my best to live in a state of gratitude and it feels really good. So this is my tribute to the Abundance Gods.

Praise be!

! ... And thanks for all the fish.


Ms. Moon said...

That was beautiful! And it makes me feel rich to share our garden's bounty so there you go!
Good work, Ms. Fleur!

Lady Lemon said...

"celebrating abundance and prosperity in all it's forms"

You said it all, PF. I think that you are really onto something. Being aware of all the good things in life really does seem to make living life more of a joy, doesn't it?

I try to keep this in mind when I have a crappy day. Thanks for the reminder to look on the bright side even when things are going well. I tend to forget that.

And yay for free goodies!!

Steph said...

This? Is great.

And I can can totally relate to having a husband who is particular about gifts.

Petit fleur said...

First of all... WOW! I totally was not expecting anyone to have come by... thanks~ I'm having weird problems with this blogger thing because it gets the two different blogs confused at times. (I keep a blog for a friend on death row called "Life in Xanadu" Anyway, thanks ya'll.

Miss Moon, we love you we do!

LL, Thank so much for stopping in. It's been a while since I've posted.

Glad to be on the other end of reminding for once! And, I have to tell you, I really did get so many free goodies that week that it blew my mind. YAY!

Stehp, Howdy! Surprised and happy to see you here! Yea, those hubs can be picky nickies.

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