In today’s competitive world, the meaning of abundance has lost its value. In a rush to be number one – to be the only one, the exclusive – we have attracted scarcity into our lives.
I was raised in a culture where a scarcity mindset was prevalent. Hence, jealousies, competitions, and comparisons reigned. My first encounter with the abundance mentality was with an event organizer.
I had to hold an event. She was on a holiday and not available, so she referred me to someone else. I was in awe. She was introducing me to her competitor! Apparently, it seemed a foolish action, but she was sowing seeds to reap later, especially at a time when she would be in desperate need. She was from a different culture, which surprisingly was far greater in such abundance than mine.
I thought I should study her behaviour. What led her to act this way? Did she choose the abundance mindset first or did her surroundings change and empower her to choose this mindset with ease and less anxiety of scarcity? This was a hard question to answer.
Abundance Mindset – At the Heart of Islam
For me, the most satisfactory answers come by diving into the realm of the divine and extracting pearls from that ocean. So I researched and was surprised to know that the abundance mindset is at the heart of Islam. In fact, the first few verses of Surah Baqarah cleared my vision:
“…And spend out of what We have provided for them.” (Al-Baqarah 2:3)
This was enough for me to understand the importance of spending, even when you have a tight budget and limited resources.
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