A Change in One Word Worth Considering

A Change in One Word Worth Considering

I have changed one word in my promise of “a world of parents … in partnership with their children … creating new worlds of accomplishment, adventure, and abundance for all of humanity” by my 90th birthday. It now reads as “a world of parents … in partnership with their children … creating new worlds of accomplishment, adventure, and sufficiency for all of humanity.” Why?

Scarcity speaks in terms of never enough, emptiness, fear, mistrust, envy, greed, hoarding, competition, fragmentation, separateness, judgment, striving, entitlement, control, busy, survival, and outer riches.

Sufficiency speaks in terms of gratitude, fulfillment, love, trust, respect, contributing, faith, compassion, integration, wholeness, commitment, acceptance, partnership, responsibility, resilience, and inner riches.

From Lynne Twist, author, The Soul of Money

I have been reading Lynne’s newsletter for several months now, but have known about her for many years. I have followed her work and success.
For many years I have used the word ”abundance" as a promised results from my parenting workshops, as I considered abundance the antidote for scarcity. But I now think that "abundance" implies, or at least includes, the acquisition of unnecessary goods, slipping easily into a "more is better" strategic life. I noticed that I am pulled more strongly to work for everyone having sufficient food, water, shelter, education (skills), and safe relational environments than I am to work for anyone having an abundance of anything.

Thus, I have replaced "abundance" with "sufficiency" in my promise and charter in my parenting work.

I have just ordered Lynne Twist's book, but have been reading her newsletters. That is why I began thinking more about abundance and sufficiency, especially as my concern for global sufficiency is growing.

I noticed that I am pulled more strongly to work for everyone having sufficient food, water, shelter, education (skills), and safe relational environments than I am to work for anyone having an abundance of anything.

Having said that, I am not saying that I think there is anything wrong with having, or working for, abundance. It's just no longer significant to me.


A strong book recommendation for parents of preschoolers!

A strong book recommendation for parents of preschoolers!