Tell Me Something Good – What Abundance Can Look Like
i wish i had a hilarious april fool’s story for you but since it’s just me and sugar this morning, i told her she wasn’t going to get any more treats and she didn’t think it was funny. april fools sugar – jeeeeez. it’s days like these i wish i had coworkers so i could remove the cream filling in oreos (eat them) and then replace the centers with toothpaste. that’s what i would do if i worked with you – you have been warned!
today’s something good has to do with a simple task many of us do weekly – grocery shopping. my husband and i were at the grocery store earlier this week and we were shopping for dinner supplies because we hosted a family dinner.
as we walked up and down the aisle, we started reminiscing about one of the first times we went grocery shopping together after moving to portland, oregon 7 years ago. i was in graduate school for social work and he was doing every odd job he could get his hands on but we were now living in a state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. quiznos wouldn’t even hire him.
grocery shopping was stressful back then. i would make a list of the basic essentials that we could afford based on our very tiny bank account. this list typically included milk, cheap bread, a few apples, whatever vegetables were on sale, soup and not much else. we couldn’t afford it. there were no impulse buys for a candy bar, flowers or extra snacks.
this week, we filled our grocery cart with basically whatever looked good. not only that, but we could afford to feed six people – this was not taken for granted by either of us.
grocery shopping and buying the foods we want is a pure sign of abundance for us, especially when we leave with flowers, which we did! $3.99 for sunflowers from sprouts? yes, please!
i know many people in our own country are starving so access to healthy foods is not something to be taken for granted. while we still have a ways to go to reach our financial goals, the fact that where we are at in life now affords us the ability to buy the foods we want (and crave in my case – spicy trail mix!) is something i think about every time i’m grocery shopping. that is something good for me!
what is something in your life that makes you feel like you have abundance? share something good and happy with me!
ps. thank you to those who shared their insecurities on wednesday’s blog – i appreciate this community as way to normalize and support one another! sometimes i feel like if we get things out in the open, they have less of a grip on us. remember to enter the fancy moisturizer giveaway!