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Scarcity and Abundance

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In the book Choose Yourself  by James Altucher, he talks about having a scarcity complex. It’s where you always think there isn’t enough, and you always expect the worst will happen. He said that when his thoughts and expectations were scarcity, that is exactly what he got. When he then changed his thoughts and expectations to ones of abundance, then abundance entered his life.

I completely understand what James is talking about. When I was younger, my thoughts almost always came from a place of scarcity, and it is exactly what I got.

When you think about scarcity, you always worry and always think the worst will happen. Fact is, most of what we worry about never comes about, and worst case scenarios rarely, if ever, turn out as bad as you thought they would.

Thoughts do become things. If you always think about scarcity, and always about negative things, then that is what you will experience.

I lived this. I experienced it.

As with the author, when I learned to think about and expect abundance, then life changed and got better and better. When I talk about abundance, it’s not just about better finances, but having a life filled with richer experiences, more opportunities, deeper love and increased happiness.

When you expect abundance, you worry less. Instead of thinking of a worst case scenario, you expect better outcomes – even great outcomes. Also when you turn your thoughts and influences from negative ones, to positive ones it totally changes your life experience for the better.

Stinkin’ thinkin’ never benefits anyone. Fill your mind and thoughts with positive, motivating information, and eventually it manifests outwardly and it enables you to deal with challenges and obstacles much more readily.

By adapting an expectation of abundance, you will attract abundance to you. I know, I know, it sounds all New Agey, but you know what? It works.

 

Escaping A Mugging in NYC – 1982

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I finished my last delivery on the lower west side, collapsed the metal luggage tote used for large, and unwieldy packages like the one I just delivered to the Salvation Army. Since it was raining, I decided to take the train instead of walking back downtown.

I entered a seldom used train station for the quick ride to Chambers Street. I went down the stairs and entered the empty corridor leading to the next set of stairs when two guys came around the corner. One of them was holding a gun.

Having been mugged before, I didn’t hesitate. Before the big fucker with the gun could finish snarling his threats, I swung the metal tote into the side of his head, dropping him like the sack of shit he was. They had not expected my reaction. The skinny guy was caught off guard for the moment, as I used the luggage tote as a battering ram at his face and upper body.

He managed to get his hands up in a defensive move, but I had height, weight and momentum against him. He was off balance and backpedaling, his feet tangled with his friend on the ground and he fell on top of the big fucker trying to retrieve the gun.

I ran.

Although I was moving fast, it felt like I was running in water, or as if in a dream. I could see the daylight streaming down the staircase and focused on that. I heard loud popping noises. I felt something whiz by my left jaw, and a tile on the wall shatter ahead of me.

I caught the bottom of the handrail at speed and let momentum swing me up the few stairs as more pops and breaking tiles sounded. I took the stairs three at a time, made it to the street and sprinted for 8th Avenue, where there were people.

I didn’t stop running for almost two city blocks. I cut down Greenwich to 6th Ave, and walked all the way back to the office across from the World Trade Center.

I told my boss what happened. You know what he said? “So, you left the luggage tote behind?”

That was New York in the early 80’s.

Resolutions, Taking Risks and Doing Hard Things.

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We’re two months into the New Year. I wonder, how many people are still keeping to the Resolutions they made at the beginning of the year? A better question, I wonder how many people have ever kept a Resolution they made on New Year’s Eve/Day?

I did, back in 2010. Life was pretty difficult, and I didn’t know it then, but it was going to get much harder before it completely changed for the better. I resolved to get healthy and lose weight. Not only did I keep the resolution for that year, I kept it for 2011, and 2012.

When you really set out to keep a resolution, it actually does work. What you need is a clear idea of what you want, and how you are going to achieve it – then take action on the steps you set out to get there.

It seems I need to take risks and do hard things again….

To Kill A Mockingbird’s Harper Lee is Gone at 89

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Harper Lee, the author of the iconic novel To Kill A Mockingbird, has passed away at the age of 89.

Spencer Madrie, owner of Ol’ Curiosities and Book Shoppe, a small, independent book store in Lee’s hometown that focuses largely on Lee’s works, said: “The world has lost a brilliant mind and a great writer.”

Ms Lee was born April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, Alabama. She was the youngest of four children of lawyer Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Cunningham Finch Lee. She was a very private person, respected and protected by residents of her town, and rarely gave interviews.

Growing up Harper Lee was a schoolmate of famed author Truman Capote, with whom she remained close until his death in 1984

To Kill A Mockingbird was published in 1960, and was an instant hit. This powerful and haunting story gives the reader a glimpse of putting yourself into someone else’s skin and experience the loss of innocence. The novel gave us the unforgettable characters of Scout, her father Atticus Finch, her brother Jem, their friend Dill, the mysterious Boo Radley and the poor doomed Tom Robinson.

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Mockingbird was the only novel Ms. Lee wrote and published for 55 years until 2015, when Go Set A Watchmen was released. I’ll leave the controversial debates of this novel to others. Watchman is the sequel to Mockingbird, portraying Jean Louise “Scout” Finch as an adult returning home, and finding herself struggling with her father’s seemingly change of heart in regards to racial issues.

Ms. Lee was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom of the US in 2007, by President George W. Bush.

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It is indisputable that Harper Lee made a real and lasting difference in her life.

Rest in Peace Ms Lee – life well lived.

 

The Old Woman

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An old woman crossed the busy four-lane road…not at a crosswalk. She stared straight ahead giving the cars coming at her not the slightest consideration. Uncaring and world weary her steps were slow, and deliberate as if daring traffic to put an end to her misery. It didn’t. The cars stopped, and waited patiently for her to make it across the street. The old woman lives to see another day…or at least a few more hours.

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