Many people have written random thoughts in the "Tell Me About Your Passions" section. Dr. Lam wants to keep that section reserved only for sharing your passions in life. If you have random thoughts about your life or about anything and want to share it with our community, put it here. Have fun!
The last blog entry got me thinking of how easily we fall into the mistake (is it a cultural thing? a generalized cultural prejudgment??) of believing that the world has only "so far" of good things, and that for each abundance we see in someone or something, we will find scarcity to compensate elsewhere.
Where we got that notion from?
Life and Nature do not work that way, not all the time, anyway!
So why do we feel uneasy when we see someone living in abundance? as it that would take away from our possibility to ALSO experience abundance in most aspects of our lives!
As far as the crisis go, I loved your input, Dr.
It is too sad how we mistake awareness and realism with the obsession with all that could and "will" go wrong, as if worrying would make things better. In any case, it's thinking of ways out, of ways to cope with crisis... and of the good we still have and will keep on having (the abundance that is still there, and not the "losses") what can be really helpful!
It reminds me of a great initiative one Brazilian TV channel has had. During the publicity time, there is always a 3 minutes or so spot where some celebrity or renowned person of that country addresses the issue of the crisis... but under a positive, uplifting light! Instead of focusing on the dangers of the crisis and witout falling into denial, those ads do the great thing of reminding us that crisis are by essence times of change that eventually lead somewhere... and most usually somewhere good... especially if we decide to cope with those crisis with hope and determination. In those ads, actors or singers, for example, remind the population of previous crisis and how the country got out of them, overcame them, even got out of them stronger than ever. The subject of not talking of it all the time and encouraging a state of paranoia is also brought up. I think that whomever planned that campaign was brilliant!!!
As far as Oasis go... this place certainly IS one, Dr Lam! It is the one place I am sure I can go to each day to learn something, re-learn something, remind myself of something and interact with others in ways that will make me hopeful about life, my own abilities, other people's good things, etc. After hearing oftentimes way too many negative comments at my workplace or in the street, it certainly is a breeze of fresh air and something to remind us that it's not like we "survive"... we LIVE and not like life "walks all over us", but like we find our path in it. It always makes me great good and I bet it also inspires everyone who visits this site, adding at least a dose of optimism and strenght in each person's day .
Mysteryagain, that is a very important point about it being a cultural thing of thinking that there is a lack of abundance. 100 years ago scientists would have speculated that the earth is not capable of producing enough food for as many people as we have today. Well, with innovations and advancements in technology, we are able to produce more food that people from that century would have ever thought imaginable. I think that we as humans tend to trap ourselves in a mindset of trying to evaluate things and really hinder ourselves from being able to live and enjoy the abundance that life has to offer.
Hey, Mysteryagain, I love it when you expound upon Dr. Lam’s blogs!!!
Thanks Heather for the nice feedback, and wow, LOVED your example concerning production, food and abundance. Glad you thought of it, I think it is great, really "telling" of some of our cultural mistakes and attitudes. Fabulous!
i have nothing more profound to say but i give you thanks for your "abundant" comments. lol! i have been abundant in my use of emoticons too!
Samuel M. Lam, M.D., F.A.C.S.
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