A few articles I read this morning about the many benefits we reap from living in a first-world country as well as my constant quest to live a positive life that is “overflowing” with joy and good things whenever possible (as well as try to help others also create this life for themselves) got me thinking about the concept of “abundance.” We are also in the month of Thanksgiving, so it seems even more appropriate to present the following quotes.
“In her kitchen, she saw many things she would like to eat. On the counter, there was a bunch of new bananas, yellow as a Van Gogh chair, and two apples, pristine. The cabinet was open and she saw a box of crackers, a new box of cereal, a tube of curved chips. She felt overwhelmed, seeing all of the food there, that it was all hers. And there was more in the refrigerator! There were juices, half a melon, a dozen bagels, salmon, a steak, yogurt in a dozen colors. It would take her a week to eat all of this food. She does not deserve this, she thought. It really isn’t fair, she thought. You’re correct, God said, and then struck dead 65,000 Malaysians.” — Dave Eggers (from How We Are Hungry)
“I was surrounded by friends, my work was immense, and pleasures were abundant. Life, now, was unfolding before me, constantly and visibly, like the flowers of summer that drop fanlike petals on eternal soil. Overall, I was happiest to be alone; for it was then I was most aware of what I possessed. Free to look out over the rooftops of the city. Happy to be alone in the company of friends, the company of lovers and strangers. Everything, I decided, in this life, was pure pleasure.” — Roman Payne (from Rooftop Soliloquy)
“I’d love to have the whole place swimming in roses …” — James Joyce (from Ulysses)