It's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got. (Sheryl Crow, Soak up the Sun)
Abundance is not really related to how much we own. On the contrary, it is much more about how content we are, and grateful about what we already have. When we focus on what we don’t have instead, we feel mentally poor already.
In the same vein, how we feel about ourselves depends on what we focus on. And this focus can be illusionary. When we are greedy, when we look out at the horizon for the gold that apparently glitters on the horizon, we completely lose sight of the wealth that surrounds us. In the extreme, the corporate goal-getter, the womanizer, or the billionaire who keeps on accumulating assets, are in a way simply insane. Always hunting after the next prize while trampling on the wealth that is at their feet.
So you could say that some of the folks who are rich are in fact poor, while some of the poor are in fact rich. Your attention is what truly matters. Take our body as yet another example. We may consider ourselves fat as we zoom into our curves. Others may tell us we attractive; that they love our figure and our beauty, but we zoom instead into the supposedly missing six-pack that we just saw in the photo-shopped magazine this morning. With it we are losing confidence and give credence to the internal nay-sayer.
How we look at ourselves decides the reality we live in. What kind of life do you want to experience? You decide!
By Christian and Su Zhen