I caught myself actin' squirrely this week. I was playing a victim role and operating from a scarcity mindset. I notice it from time to time as an entrepreneur but I can't pretend I didn't do it in my 9 to 5. I can't even say there was more less of in either other scenario, just different.
The victim role in the scarcity mindset tends to create an inner dialogue about the lack of money, time, resources, love, and so on. It generates a lacking in life that seems to exist all over the place! Worst of all, the only thing that can happen to a victim is tragedy. Life happens TO victims. It's a sticky place to get stuck.
I catch myself in a scarcity mindset when I'm operating out of fear, doubt, or some 'incapable' story I have about myself. When I'm feeling incapable, I live life braced for impact. I live as though danger and death are lurking around every corner. I watch my step, I calculate my moves, and I usually play a pretty darn safe.
From this way of being I am the squirrel. I am living in abundance for the moment but really, I am just prepping for disappointment. Planning for the weather change. Storing up just enough to survive and for about 6 months out of the year, I'm not really living 'alive.'
So I keep a lookout for the Surviving Squirrel.
I make sure to catch myself when I am gathering corn and beans and almonds for the food drought. When I am in survival mode, I can only see the next stalk of corn or acorn laying on the ground.
I cannot see the bigger picture.
If I'm standing in a tree, I'm looking for bark and berries instead of understanding I'm 30 feet above the ground with nothing but the sky as the limit.
Living with tunnel vision for 'food' just to survive is no way to live when there is so much available in this world.
So, when I see my inner squirrel 'squirreling,' I pause to reflect on what it is I'm prepping for.
What am I afraid of?
What am I resisting?
What has me planning for disaster?
If I get present to my mindset, I can take a look at my squirrely needs.
When I am scared, I talk.
When I am lonely, I talk.
When I am afraid, guess what...I talk.
Sharing myself with others is my access out of this forest of fear, doubt, and scarcity. Letting it out, being heard, and getting feed back is like finding a field full of food and no inclement weather in sight.
The clouds open up, the sun starts shinin', and I can be on my squirrely way. I can spend more time tree hoppin' and doing whatever else it is that squirrels do and enjoy the finer things in the trees.
There is a different life to consider out of the forest of scarcity.
Ever feel a little squirrley yourself?
-Don't sweat it, we all do.-
It's called being human....well, in this case, squirrel.
If there were a food supply all year-round, how would you go about your days?
If the weather didn't turn treacherous and you had to hide out, what would you do on a daily basis that has You enlivened, fulfilled, and experiencing nature for the vast beauty that it is?
Get to diggin' squirrel friends.
Life is out there to live and love....not just survive.
Life the life you love.
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