Friday, May 18, 2012

Daily 5 - Year 3, Day 270

Today's Daily 5:

  1. a breakfast date with a long time friend
  2. walking together in Fish Creek park after breakfast
  3. laughing over an inside joke on facebook with my closest friend
  4. class ending early
  5. crawling into a bed made with freshly washed sheets
  6. booking airline tickets for a trip to Florida!
  7. commiserating over workloads
  8. laughing with a classmate
  9. the value of honest communication (seen today in conversation and by email)
  10. tackling a long to do list with some degree of success tonight

Friday Reflections, May 18, 2012

I'm back to Henri Nouwen again this week, talking about our tendency to live with a scarcity mentality.

The Temptation to Hoard 

As fearful people we are inclined to develop a mind-set that makes us say:  "There's not enough food for everyone, so I better be sure I save enough for myself in case of emergency," or "There's not enough knowledge for everyone to enjoy; so I'd better keep my knowledge to myself, so no one else will use it" or "There's not enough love to give to everybody, so I'd better keep my friends for myself to prevent others from taking them away from me."   This is a scarcity mentality.  It involves hoarding whatever we have, fearful that we won't have enough to survive.  The tragedy, however, is that what you cling to ends up rotting in your hands.