Less. So More Can Be More

(Read in less than 3 minutes) “Abundance is a process of letting go; that which is empty can receive.“~Bryant H. McGill

Don’t you love the deliciousness of irony? I sure do. For example, “It is by giving we receive” or “Less is more.” Sometimes what we think is backward is really the fastest way to go forward. In fact, if you’re like me and you’re intrigued by design trends, you’ll see arrow icons everywhere. They appear on all sorts of things, tee shirts, wall decor, tattoos and more. Why?  Because to shoot one forward, you must pull back. A visual metaphor for life.

There is an old story about a self-important man who went to a Zen master for enlightenment. The Zen master smiled and suggested they discuss it over a cup of tea. They sat down and the master poured his guest a cup of tea. He kept pouring and pouring until it overflowed and spilled on the man’s robe. “Stop!” The man cried, “can’t you see it’s running all over?” “This is like you,” the master answered. “You cannot be filled until you empty yourself.”

Simplify and notice abundance

The incredible, lavish generosity of nature can only be experienced at a pace that is unhurried. The precious connecting moment with a grandchild is not something that can be penciled in on the crowded pages of a planner. Food that is wolfed down cannot be savored and we have to pause at least for a while to marvel at a rainbow, majestic clouds, or a murmuration of birds in the sky. More breathtaking abundance.

Any good graphic designer can attest to the effectiveness of using whitespace on a page. The blank space makes a better canvas and showcases the deliberately limited content so it pops. It’s another metaphor for living a life that sparkles with wondrous moments. You must deliberately leave some whitespace on the fresh clean page of each new day. Allow more room in your day to revel in the everyday miracles that surround us. I’m not talking hours here folks, but do leave some moments unfilled so your life can overflow.

“Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.“~Wayne Dyer

Make small changes. Begin to live large

As we were all oohing and ahhing over the gorgeous bursts of color that bled across the Fourth of July skies, my brother sent me an image he captured. A single brilliantly attired lily blossom. He could have overlooked or even trampled it, but he has learned to be aware of the everyday. The obvious, stunning beauty at his feet. I’m so happy he noticed!

“The key to abundance is meeting limited circumstances with unlimited thoughts.”~ Marianne Williamson

Tell me about the wondrous sights you’ve experienced recently and how they made you feel alive! I would love it if you’ll share. Sending love. See you Monday!


  • Patricia A. Johnson

    Wednesday was like another Monday and we were busy at work and I was a little stressed by the lack of help from a co worker. I am house sitting for a friend who has a pool. I went home got in my suit and took out the floaty and just laid out and listened to the sounds around me. I tried to pick out with my eyes closed the different birds and insects that I could hear. When I opened by eyes the blue of the sky was more brilliant than when I first laid out, the grass more green and stress of the day just floated away like the clouds across the sky.

    Bright Blessings

    • Betty Streff

      Love! You’re on your way to living large with wondrous, sparkling moments! You go girl!

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