An Abundant Life

There’s a beautiful outdoor ice rink in our local park every winter. My family spends hours there after school and on weekends. We skate, play hockey, and have fun with neighbourhood families and friends.

After I sent the kids to school yesterday morning, I walked over to the park to check the ice. It was in perfect condition. Smooth, snow-free, and best of all, empty.

I felt a sudden urge to go skating.

But I hesitated. My mind began to flood with all the reasons I shouldn’t go.

I don’t have enough time.

I don’t have enough energy.

I don’t have anyone nearby to help me if I fall.  

As I stared at the ice trying to decide what to do, I realized something. My negative mindset was preventing me from embracing a fun and spontaneous opportunity.

It wasn’t the first time.

For many of us, feelings of scarcity have become our default setting.  We regularly feel like we don’t have enough money, enough time, enough rest or relaxation. As women, we also get caught in a trap of feeling not pretty enough, not smart enough, or not worthy enough. That leaves us feeling unseen, unfulfilled, and dissatisfied.

The thing is, when we shift our perspective from one of scarcity to one of abundance, we open ourselves to feelings of plenty and possibility, confidence and contentment.

That’s when I decided to stop focusing on why I couldn’t go skating and instead shift my perspective to the reasons I could.

I have enough time to do something I enjoy.

I have enough energy to fuel my spirit.

I have someone to watch out for me…myself.

After I tied up my skates, I stepped out onto the ice feeling grateful that I live an abundant life, and today, I lack nothing.

Where do you feel the most abundant in your life? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

You’re wonderful!

Mary Lou