Guest Author - Susan Kramer
Excess is more abundance that we can put to good use. A person who had a million dollars and was helping humanity would not have an excess of wealth. Whereas, a person who had a million dollars and was drinking themselves to death would be in excess. It is all intent and perspective. When we have a child with learning disabilities it is up to us to provide the resources needed for their best growth.
There is no personal excess if what we have is being put to the highest good of humanity. And what is for the highest use of humanity is coincidentally for one's own highest good at the same time.
Excess is taking and hoarding more than is useful.
Another example: If a person was earning and hoarding money just to accumulate money, perhaps to be able to say that they had a high number of dollars in the bank, but had no intention of eventually putting the interest to productive use for humanity's sake, than that could be an excess.
We are in excess in anything that disturbs our sense of balance, body, mind or emotion. Abundance only nurtures and makes an experience fuller while allowing us to remain peaceful and at ease.
To be abundantly happy in our lives requires that at each moment we do what is best for the situation at hand. When we align with the best for each moment we enjoy each moment most fully, most abundantly.
Acceptance: Being gracious and relaxed with the outcome of a situation even if it turns out differently than anticipated. Each of us is a part of the whole. To retain our personal peace of mind, we need only play our part the best we can.
In relationships, we retain our peace of mind when we remember that we are here to control our own actions, but not the actions of other independent adults. And acting for the highest good of ourselves and others gives us the greatest peace of mind. If we act selfishly instead, our mind and body will feel uneasy and restless.
When results are not what we had anticipated, we can look to see why. Then we will see more of the variables that brought about a different outcome from what we wanted or expected to happen. This observation will aid us in understanding that each of us has, indeed, our own path leading to a desired result.
When we think and act as if our way is the only way, we limit our knowledge of options that we may find useful in similar situations in the future.
Acting for the highest good
Thereby preserving our personal peace of mind.
Allowing others the freedom to make and act on their own choices
Free of our control
This, too, preserving our personal peace of mind.
Article by Susan Kramer