Living with Scarcity in a World of Abundance

Fall gardensThis morning as I look out my window, I am drawn to the awakening blue sky and the rays of the sun that wash over the lush green foliage along my driveway. It’s hard to imagine that in just a few short weeks the landscape will look quite different. In late August and early September we find, fast growing greenery such as wild morning glories and other late summer vines (and weeds) growing with such speed one can almost see them growing. It’s as if they see the end in sight and know it’s time to hurry.

I feel much like the morning glories some days. It’s time to hurry up and do what it is I’m supposed to do in this life. I’ve grown weary of earthly endeavors, the abundance of things that no longer have much use to me, much as I grow tired of the impatience in my garden that seem to go on endlessly this time of year.  By mid-September I want nothing more than to pull them out by the roots and be done with them, their splashy pink tones an assault to the senses.  It is now the season of yellows and golds and browns.

It reminds me of the ebb and flow of our lives, the abundance of youth, the eagerness to expand at midlife and the desire for simplicity and a less lush environment as we we reach our wisdom years. Like the leaves that will fall, age calls us inward. We are called to settle the score of our soul and leave the worldly things to those still finding their way.  It is a time of simplicity, not scarcity; an abundance of the soul, not a worldly abundance.

Though the seasons are changing, there is still much to be done.

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4 Comments

  1. “Like the leaves that will fall, age calls us inward. We are called to settle the score of our soul and leave the worldly things to those still finding their way. It is a time of simplicity, not scarcity; an abundance of the soul, not a worldly abundance.”

    You’ve captured it, Dorothy. Thanks!

  2. Yes, life has its ebb and flow. Acceptance and gratitude brings contentment. Great post!

  3. This is a beautiful post. I especially love this: “We are called to settle the score of our soul and leave the worldly things to those still finding their way.”

    At 57 I am between seasons also. I am partly still trying to find my way, but I also find myself going inward more than I used to.

    Thank you for these words of wisdom, and your garden is beautiful.

    • Saloma, It seems to be the time to go inward. There is so much yet to be explored! I often think there will never be time enough to learn all there is to learn, and experience all I’d like to experience – especially in the inner world – so vast! I wish I could take the credit for the beautiful garden in the picture, but alas, it is not my garden. Mine became quite overgrown as I struggled to recover over the last four years, but I have begun working on it again this year…truly a sign of healing! More about that in ManifestMe2014 blog. Thank you for visiting and for sharing your thoughts. Dorothy

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