More than once over the past several days, I’ve found myself thinking about the concept of “abundance” and how the spirit of overflowing has enriched my life.
Some may find this a strange time to be thinking of blessings and fruitfulness with our brethren in Japan facing the shock of loss and years of rebuilding; it is moments like these when often the true beauty of mankind shines through. Tragedies and natural disasters prompt a surge in blood donation, food drives, and grass roots efforts to help any way possible. The clever and resourceful ways people not only survive—but thrive—in face of such adversity gives everyone hope that each day will be just a little better than the one before. The abundance of love flowing across the miles—regardless of race, religion, or nationality—is an awesome phenomenon to watch in and of itself. And that generosity makes my heart smile.
Closer to home, I’ve been reminded, time and time again, of the abundance of ideas and creative thought ready to be mined, honed, treasured, used, discussed, applied, and shared. One spark of inspiration leads to another slightly bigger one which metamorphoses yet again into even more.
There are no limits to ideas—brilliant, tiny, happy, beautiful, amazing, shining, and free. They are waiting on the wee buds of cherry trees, on the glossy pages of magazines, on the salty air of the rocky coastline, on the whispered cries of newborn babies, on the bright clashing colors of a market bazaar, on the rooftop view of the street below, on the sweet tang of a fresh orange, on the wet drops of the morning dew.
Ideas are best when you offer them to a friend: They add their flavor to the inspiration and give it a new direction. This new concept is even better with the power of two people; and more pungent still when you add the strength of three or ten or fifteen or more. The original tiny piece of inspiration becomes a movement stronger than anyone could have ever dreamed, and more meaningful still when combined with the joy of friendship.
My favorite part about the profusion of creative ideas: You never run out. In fact, the more you share ideas, the more you have. Once you open your consciousness to these delicious bits, they continue to grow—not simply multiply, they expand exponentially. There is no stopping the bountiful flow of ideas and inspiration. And that abundance makes my imagination sing.
P.S. If you would like to help out, iTunes has set up a special page for the Earth Quake and Tsunami Relief Donations for Japan. Every penny—100% of your gift—will be transferred to the American Red Cross. For more information, go here.