The Soul of Money 2, Sufficiency
August 19, 2007
In Lynne Twist’s book, ‘The Soul of Money’, she poses the question, ‘What if what we have is already enough?’.
She calls this ‘sufficiency’:
‘Sufficiency is not a message about simplicity or about cutting back and lowering expectation. Sufficiency doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive or aspire. Sufficiency is an act of generating, distinguishing, making known to ourselves the power and presence of our existing resources, and our inner resources.’
‘Sufficiency is a context we bring forth from within that reminds us that if we look around us and within ourselves, we will find what we need. There is always enough’.
What would it mean to my own life to let go of the ingrained idea of scarcity most of us have, and to accept fully that I already have what I need. Wouldn’t that be a form of resignation, sort of like saying, ‘This is as good as it gets’?
The irony, according to Twist, is that as soon as one recognizes and appreciates the ‘this is as good as it gets’ in any situation, it gets better.
It is subtle shift from, working to ‘get somewhere that will be better than where I am now’, to discovering the treasures I already have and applying them to my highest commitments. Then my goals shift from ‘making a success’ of my authentic business and ‘increasing my income’, to ‘creating wealth’ but in a context of sufficiency.
‘Wealth shows up in the action of sharing and giving, allocating and distributing, nourishing and watering the projects, people, and purpose that we believe in and care about with the resources that flow to us and through us’.
Then you stop living in fear of losing your money; instead, money becomes an expression of gratitude and purpose.