Giving Abundantly

This morning I can't seem to shake this word off my brain:

I looked it up in the dictionary to be sure I had the meaning right, and it says this about abundance....
1:  ample or overflowing quantity  2:  affluence or wealth  3:  relative degree of plentifullness.

Have you ever thought about what you have an abundance of?  I can tell you on the surface I have an abundance of clothing, nick-nacs, art supplies, patterned papers, and junk jewelry...just to name a few.  I am not so sure I have an abundance of monetary wealth.....actually I know I don't.  But we are working on that!  The 3rd definition, on being plentiful, I think this has to do with being fruitful.  And to me that translates into giving.  And that is where my abundance lies.  You see, my entire life I've enjoyed the act of giving.  Giving of gifts, giving of time, and giving of my talents.  Sometimes joyfully these things are given, sometimes out of obligation, but nonetheless, they are the fruits that I can give in abundance.

I know that's why I like to talk here in this blog to you about my life as an artist.  It's one of those gifts I've been given, the gift of gab some may say, and one that I fruitfully give.  Just in case you are wondering, it's definitely not out of obligation that I share but rather in joy that I openly discuss my creative self.  You see, when you have an overflowing abundance of something, you can not help but share it.  I know you have something like that inside of you, something that bubbles inside and just about bursts out.  Something that brings joy to your very core of being.  One does not have to have wealth in terms of money to live abundantly, just a willingness to seek what lies abundantly within you.  Being open to share this abundance is what will make you stronger, and less vulnerable to those sneaky insecurities that also lie within you.  So start digging folks and find the abundance within......I can guarantee it's not hanging on hangers in your closet.


sydney @ sewineededapaycheck said...

haha, you're so funny. The minute I read your question, i was like, well I have an abundance of STUFF but that's probably not what she wants to hear. And then you answered similarly. But I have to agree, I love giving of my time and giving gifts, and making them oh so very cute, of course!

Dianne said...

Wonderful post!

Creative Carmelina said...

well said jenni!

i agree...


ciao bella!
creative carmelina

Creative Carmelina said...

i think too, that only other artist's can truly 'get the sense' of what you speak of here.

it really is a force that bubbles forth within us, seeking release.

isn't it wonderful to speak from your heart and know that you are understood!



A Dancing Mango said...

thank you for your visit,
and all the info about the Country Living Art Show in Atlanta.
I suppose one has to have a zillion paintings and goodies way ahead of time..!
Sounds like a wonderful adventure. My heart craves to get out there and expose myself other then my blogging.. well it just MUST!
No questions asked.. lol
Im rambling okay.. I'll stop..
~Stretch your wings and fly!
hugs, Darlene

Ben Ralston said...

Hi Jenni,
Nice post - I often say abundance is a two way thing... you cannot HAVE abundance. You either live in it's flow, or you don't. If you are in it, it goes through you, and giving is just the other side of getting.
A lot of people get so stuck on the getting part that they forget to give, and then how can abundance BE?
Nice post :)

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