The Abundance and Value of the Things Life Offers
The value of the things that life offers must be measured in terms of the fullness that characterizes everything that existence offers. Here the economic premise of the highest value to what is scarce does not work. Life is abundant, and that is why it is valuable.
Setting limits is not the same as limiting yourself. And the latter do people in their wrong understanding of what can be extracted from existence. There are rules for managing abundance, of course, but not one of them is the concept that valuable is scarce.
Everything is abundant in life, the Universe is abundance, God is abundance, every value thought or superior belief that is professed is abundant.
The wrong idea of possessions
Now, it is essential to understand that things of value must be taken care of and that on the other hand, what is valuable is not easy to find, build or take.
People are clearer about the latter than the former.
In general, they are aware that things of value are not easy to obtain, but they have a complacent attitude to take care of the valuable things they possess. Either due to a false understanding of what it means to possess, due to ignorance of its value, or due to simple folly.
The concept of “possessions” is incorrect. They are associated with a right and are endowed with an inalienable sense of ownership that few things have in life.
Possessions are the product of the effort that is made, but they do not generate rights, and at any moment they can be lost. Life itself is something borrowed, therefore everything that is possessed in it has the same condition. No guarantee supports the inalienable right to possessions in this land.
The offer that life makes is simple: people are allowed to take everything that is made available as soon as it is clear that everything can also be taken from them. Understanding this leads to wisdom.
There are no restrictions on what you want to extract from life. There is no more limit than the one that you impose yourself. Whether this represents more or less work, effort and sacrifice is another matter.
Abundance does not establish limits and thus defines the value of the things that life offers
The first manifestation of poverty appears when a man assumes that destiny establishes limits for what he can take. People voluntarily and diligently delimit the plot on which they want to work.
They look over the fence as others take more than they have and activate their passions: they resign themselves to living with what they believe is allowed or they envy what others do and achieve.
This mentality of poverty is accompanied by the premise of least effort. The vision of owning what you want is seductive, but the perception darkens when the prize is a function of effort and sacrifice.
There are few things warmer and more pleasant than comfort. Few places to take refuge with greater pleasure.
And there live a good part of the people. From that place, they pass judgment on others, especially on those who sacrifice comfort to extract more from life. It is not this that makes distinctions with what is reserved for everyone, it is the people who establish the measure of the effort they want to invest.
It concludes being true that those things that man does not have and wishes to possess are exactly outside his comfort zone.
This “boundary” is also the cause of their misconception of ownership. What they decide to take is so scarce that for the same reason it acquires extraordinary value. And the very possibility of losing it becomes momentous.
It is something similar to what would happen to a child invited to a large field full of chocolates. If the child understands that everything is available, his attitude towards sweets will be clear. But if he places a fence around a small portion of the land, each chocolate that is within his reach will take on another value.
Now, “fine chocolates” are also available, but they are more difficult to find. You have to invest more effort in finding them and the probability is substantially reduced as a result of the “bounding”.
In these margins, the criterion of the value of the things that life offers is defined: in the understanding that everything is accessible to whoever wants to take it and in the fact that there are different levels of effort to achieve it.
As the people who discretionally define their effort, they also establish the final value of things. Much is worth the little they achieve when limits are placed. And even more so, what is outside your comfort zone and requires additional effort to achieve.
Life gives and life takes, this defines the value of the things it offers
On the other hand, since there is no limit to the things that life makes available, she takes the liberty of occasionally withdrawing them from the hands of men.
This is the price you charge for everything you offer, the way you complete the sense of value in things.
The price could be accepted on the understanding that the offer is unlimited, and that what is lost can always be replaced. But when this reality is obscured by the myopic vision of the one who limits his possibilities and petty efforts, the price that life fixes end by breaking the spirits.
And people lament, like the child who no longer finds chocolates in the ten square meters that he decided to work.
But the pain of loss does not lead them to look at that wide world of opportunities, rather build higher fences to protect the small space they decided to occupy. This is the deep meaning of their poverty. They have a mentality associated with scarcity and not abundance.
And although it could be assumed that this mentality will help them protect what they have (precisely because it is little), the opposite happens. Because the scarce-oriented mentality is always a prisoner of fear and doubt, and in that condition, it also loses the ability to take care of what little it has.
Happiness escapes people who have this scarcity mentality.
They can indeed possess something of the most valuable that life has to offer: love, peace, joy. But the concept of scarcity distracts them, between doubts and fears, from taking care of what they have. And they end up losing it.
Here are registered all those who live according to the love that another gives them, the peace that something gives them, or the joy they find in certain things that happen to them or possess them. When this wobbles, it makes them fall crashing down. Much value has what they have lost because their life is oriented by what is scarce.
Life offers love, peace, and joy in unlimited quantities. It is abundance and not scarcity that characterizes its existence. In every corner and moment that you live, these things are without restrictions. You just need to take them, as the child would do with chocolates.
Nobody is allowed to turn his life into a drama because of something he has lost because everything is arranged by grace but in abundance.
It is the people who do not have that poverty mentality who end up losing less because they finally develop in life at the pace of what is natural.
They love the things they have and protect them, but they depend on them only in terms of the specific and relative relationship they have. Specific in what its essential value means and relative in that it is part of a vast wealth of things that are extracted from life.
Man likes to say “that’s life” when he wants to find an explanation for what has happened to him. But this way he only slides a lament and does not recognize that life is in abundance.
If I had a full concept of its existence, the regret would be transformed into healthy resignation, honest nostalgia, and, finally, frank gratitude.
Those who understand the infinite amount of things they have received from life, the immense wealth they have enjoyed, and what they still have to conquer, face loss with gratitude.
When a loved one dies or a love departs, he does not interpret the event through the prism of pain, he does so by thanking the blessing of having enjoyed them, of having known them, and shared a journey. It is not that he is happy for what he has lost, he recognizes himself as happy for what he has had.
The abundance and value of the things that life offers are justified by their short duration
This is real life. He grants many things by grace and many others depending on the effort made to obtain them. But nothing gives inalienable property rights.
There is a natural reason for this: the fleeting time of men’s lives.
Finally, no property can leave this world with those who leave it, none. Then, that sense of ownership towards what you eventually have and what you want is completely meaningless. Owner is only one of his own life and strictly as long as it lasts.
What is left in this world is all that has been done for others. The mark that one’s actions have left on the people who remain. And this is usually more noticeable in those who have lived with an abundance mentality. Without ties to everything perishable. These are the ones that leave their mark. Free men.
Why is the man so small? What deprives you of the ability to see the horizon that surrounds you and the value of the things life offers? Why cling to the little and despise the great?
Comfortable creature. Lazy in work, in thought, and the heart. He is not up to the challenge to which he has been called.
This sloth has to be reminded that he is made of the same wood as the greatest men that ever lived. There are no blue-blooded or gifted species. This is the only thing that is worth making an apology for uniformity: all men have the same potential, the same possibilities.
Everyone owns their own life and has enough resources to govern themselves, to look within and find wealth.
Because finally if the abundance of the exterior is something certain, the wealth is in the interior, since from there conquest or submission is determined. From there, existence is finally understood, either as a vast terrain of conquest or as a small plot of work.
Everything lies in the offers.
(Concepts are taken from the book: ” If a dog were your teacher … 12 life lessons that a dog leaves before leaving “)