“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein
I want to go back to an earlier blog (…sufficiency? or more than that?…).
That particular blog looked at sufficiency, scarcity and excess and I’m increasingly coming to realize just how much our feelings of prosperity and poverty have to do with these differing approaches to living in the moment.
Prosperity is the fulfillment of our aspiration.
We gain satisfaction and fulfillment because we have a sense of personal expansion about being met by the world. Fulfillment is holding the “two moments of creation” and seeing your participation in them, without a tremendous amount of friction, resistance, or frustration. The unknown is benign, non-interfering, and maybe even supporting.
Poverty is the exact opposite. It is the frustration of our aspiration.
From this perspective, we lose satisfaction and fulfillment because we hold an impoverished belief about how we are being met by the world. Poverty is holding the “two moments of creation” and viewing our participation as weak, ineffective or incomplete. It is a continuous belief in friction, resistance, and frustration as an unavoidable reality. The unknown is malevolent, interfering and definitely not supporting.
Poverty consciousness shares a lot in common with scarcity. That is the belief that “1. There’s never enough,” “2. More is better.” and “3. That’s just the way it is.” Scarcity is our belief in the mythology of the unknown. Because the unknown can be whatever we choose to make it.
And all three of these scarcity beliefs are simply untrue. They only become true when we focus our attention on pre-determined goals. And that’s why the two contrasting models of creation are important. The Fritz model embraces the unknown, the Covey model ignores it. (See …”begin with the end in mind” by accepting the unknown…)
If we accept the “two moments of creation” model, poverty consciousness is much more likely to be reinforced. Friction, resistance, and frustration go hand-in-hand with rigidly pre-determined goals. Our “goal attachment” means that any partial or incomplete movement is disparaged and devalued. If we are compelled to compromise our vision and our values, then the world doesn’t offer us “that much.” We become small because we cannot give ourselves over to the “reality” we are discovering.
And what’s more … our vision and values only become “alive” … in the past. That first moment of creation becomes the defining measure for whatever is happening now. No wonder we become obsessed with feelings of inadequacy and weakness. Nothing in the present can fully measure up to an image from the past – ever. Our memory is simply too fluid.
If we accept the idea that the unknown to be an equal player, if we accept our need to continuously dance with the unknown, then prosperity consciousness is much more likely to be reinforced. Friction, resistance, and frustration are minimized once we co-exist with “tension-resolution.” Should we need to compromise our vision and our values, we are more flexible and resilient — the current moment is bigger than whatever we might imagine. Appreciation gives us more of who we are then memory. Appreciation expands our consciousness of prosperity and joy.
Albert Einstein wrote “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”