As ‘panier of plenty’ is essentially about ‘appreciating all we have around us — the horn of plenty that represents ‘abundance’ — I have been thinking about ‘affluence’ and what constitutes true wealth, or, to put it another way, what enables us to be in a state of wellbeing, regardless of any natural circumstances, ‘feeling blessed’ if you will, as opposed to constantly striving or ‘visited by fear of lack’.
It could be said that ‘the more we have the more we stand to lose’ or conversely, that ‘money equals means’ and it is therefore ours to use. The pursuit of it, certainly, has many guises and it can come easily or with compromises. ‘It’ being the ‘currency that corresponds to our place’ — the energy from our efforts, converted to sustain us. A bargain exists if we fulfil certain conditions, we provide a service and receive benefits: our willingness and labour is ‘converted’ or ‘exchanged’ to enable us to then purchase the essentials, and whatever else we’ve set our heart on.
Often desire comes in to play, for if we have a goal or interest, a project or travels, we tend to allocate funds and find an ‘incentive’ to increase our efforts — so it is not hard to imagine why desire plays a part when it comes to ‘how we chose to spend’ our hard earned dollars (or euros, or whatever system we are used to). The more we wish for, the higher the bar, yet we will always find a way if we mean “what we say”.
Words, when uttered, become plans that we adhere to, regardless of any objections that might come into play, because we are ‘determined’. Good intentions become firm convictions, and before we know it we’re following what we’ve so adamantly set in stone, regardless. It happens as we ‘set our sights’ on a target and methodically move towards it, for this is the way we are taught to manage our resources — to remain focused and to overcome any ‘obstacles’ that may arise — keeping our eye firmly on the future ‘example’ we have conjured.
One day, as a result, we are sure to arrive, purchasing our home or realising our dream — or flying off on an adventure. It is a simple equation. Yet one that we may relate to: we exchange our labour for the money that ‘enables’ us to live to whatever degree we accept, or aspire to. Some must focus on the bare necessities whilst others are occupied with luxuries — it varies immensely.
If we have vast sums, we are subject to different considerations and another equation. When money exists already, it must be put to work in order to protect our interests rather than saving pennies. The focus is on growth, on a healthy return, thus replacing the need to ‘increase efforts’ with ‘savvy’ or acumen — a strategy that requires little time and management, that is sound, without undue risk, guaranteed to provide benefits. A whole new playing field we can say, whether for short term profits or long term gain.
Antiques, the art market, wine or land, investments in rentals or potential success stories in the form of business and enterprises; there must be gain. Risk is assessed and handled accordingly — some clients are adverse and others more forward. Ethics too, come in to play — for to be fully conscious of the environmental implications and human aspects of any investment is to take responsibility for what our money is enabling, ensuring the results are ‘contributing’ in a positive manner, that is, in alignment with the ‘wellbeing of the planet’ and assisting evolution, rather than ‘exploitation’ in any sense of the word.
Ethically, or morally, it all comes back to ‘being informed’ and ‘our integrity’ when it comes to backing a particular horse, however highly it may be favoured or promise to perform. We must direct our resources and chose our interests wisely, for there are wider consequences to be aware of — if we are to accept that our individual roles, no matter how insignificant or important, all serve ‘the whole of humanity’, providing something of benefit.
Which brings us back to where we started, ensuring that whatever the situation or desire, regardless of means, the only true measure of ‘abundance’ is when it is shared in the right spirit, providing or promoting a sense of ‘wellbeing’, in accordance with the laws of nature, as we invest in our present, and future.