Whenever I embark on a new project or begin working towards my next goal I start thinking about everything that I require to successfully achieve what I am setting out to do. More often than not the tendency is to concentrate on what’s missing, what one doesn’t have and how the fact that you don’t yet have it is going to impede your progress. Whether it’s materials, skills, contacts or time, it’s easy to approach that next goal or project from a place of scarcity, believing that you need to start completely from scratch in order to achieve anything good. After yesterday’s post on cultivating abundance I have realised that this attitude of scarcity is directly at odds with living a life that makes you feel rich financially, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. I think that the quickest way to start living a life of abundance is to make the most of what you already have, to use your experiences and assets effectively in the pursuit of goals rather than disregarding them as not good enough or no longer useful. By doing so it’s easier to build on achievements sequentially instead of being trapped in a cycle of starting over and seeing each goal and achievement as distinct from one another and unhelpful in connection to your future aspirations.
With this in mind I decided not to make anything new for today’s mandala. Not to start from scratch. Rather than labour over thinking up and cutting out new shapes I decided to use what I already have (the scraps of leftover paper that I have from previous pieces of work I have made) to create something brand new. I also restricted the amount of time that I gave myself to make something – the aim being to achieve the most I could with what I already have in the shortest amount of time possible. This mandala serves as a great reminder that we often have a lot more at our disposal than we realise sometimes and that by not wasting time, and by putting what we have to effective use, we can achieve wonderful things to be proud of.