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Abundance in a World of Limited Resources

Abundance in a World of Limited Resources

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Published by Jennifer Barthe
A great article that explains how we always have everything we need to accomplish anything in life.
A great article that explains how we always have everything we need to accomplish anything in life.

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Published by: Jennifer Barthe on Jul 13, 2011
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Abundance in a World of LimitedResources
December 19th, 2010 by Steve Pavlina
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How we can talk about creating abundance when it seems we live in a world of scarceresources? Aren’t these in conflict? Isn’t an abundance mindset just an exercise in self-delusion?
Scarce Resources
Certain resources on earth are in limited supply and are being depleted quickly. Perhapsthe #1 example of this is oil. Oil is being pumped out of the ground faster than it can bereplenished by the earth.It takes energy to pump the oil out of the ground, and not all of the oil can be retrieved inan energy efficient manner. It doesn’t make sense to spend 100 units of energy in order toextract only 90 units.The easy-to-get oil is already scarce, and companies are going after the harder-to-get oilat much greater risk and expense. It’s easier to pump oil out of the ground than it is to build offshore oil rigs and pump it up through the ocean floor. There would be no rational justification for engaging in costly offshore oil drilling if land-based oil supplies wereabundant. The very existence of offshore oil drilling is a clear signal that oil is becomingscarcer. Even oil rich nations like Saudi Arabia are engaged in offshore drilling, which is atacit acknowledgement that they’re running out of oil.It’s only a matter of time before this resource runs out. As it becomes increasingly scarce,
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shortages will occur, and oil prices will surge. Industries that depend heavily on oil willhave to cut back. Aren’t we already seeing this happen?At present there’s no resource that can substitute for oil’s versatility or its integration intomodern society. Oil is used to run farming equipment and transport food. It’s used in plastics — your home is probably filled with petroleum-based products. Even the tires onyour car are made with oil, about 7 gallons per tire. It’s not a resource that can be easilyreplaced. As oil runs out, some lifestyle changes are inevitable.
There’s no need to deny that certain resources are scarce. Scarce resources are part of the story of earth.If life is a dream, then what sense does it make for there to be scarce resources? Can’tyou just think your way into limitless abundance?Limits and constraints make for interesting story. If there are no constraints, there’s nostory. Life in a constraint-free world would be incredibly boring.Abundance isn’t the same thing as limitlessness. If you lived in a truly limitless world,would you feel a sense of abundance? More likely you’d suffer from gluttony, boredom,and laziness. It would be a disappointing and uninspiring dream to endure.This may appear unintuitive at first glance, but abundance requires scarcity.
Abundance and scarcity are equally valuable teachers. They both teach us gratitude, but indifferent ways.When there’s a constant presence in your life, you’ll tend to take it for granted. You’llcome to expect that it will always be there. But when you have to do without for a while, itgives you the opportunity to appreciate what you have even more.
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It’s the shifting between phases of abundance and scarcity that teaches us what we valuemost.I take time every day to appreciate the good things in my life, partly because I’ve had theexperience of not having them. I know these experiences are temporary.I’m grateful for the freedom I enjoy because at one point I was in an 8′x10′ jail cell, feelingwhat it felt like not to have that freedom.I’m grateful for the money that flows through my life because I was broke for many years,went bankrupt, and got kicked out of my apartment because I couldn’t pay the rent.I’m grateful for the friends I have because I know what it’s like to feel alone andfriendless.I’m grateful for the health I enjoy because I know what it’s like to be sick.When I use the Internet, I feel grateful for how amazing it is and how it lets me connectwith people all over the world. I remember what it was like when I didn’t have access tothis amazing wonder.In two days I’m traveling to Canada to visit my Rachelle. We haven’t seen each other in amonth and a half. Being apart for so long makes it hard to take each other for granted. Ithelps us appreciate each other much more. I’m very grateful that she’s in my life.However, when there’s a glut of abundance, I’m more likely to take things for granted.That’s when scarcity may become the more valuable teacher.When I’ve spent a few weeks with Rachelle, for instance, I may not feel as appreciative of her on Day 20 as I did on Day 1. But after saying goodbye to her at the airport and thenexperiencing a few days alone, I become more acutely aware of just how much Iappreciate her, and I look forward to seeing her again.It’s the contrast between abundance and scarcity that helps raise our awareness of whatwe value most.
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