“I can’t imagine how anyone can say: ‘I’m weak’, and then remain so. After all, if you know it, why not fight against it, why not try to train your character?”-Anne Frank
“I worked out pretty quickly certain survival tricks. That if the guards called us to line up in front of the barracks, I should hide or sneak into anther barracks. The safest place I could find to hide was in the yard near the bathrooms where all the dead bodies were brought and piled up… I would get on the pile, Lie down next to the dead bodies and pretend I was one of them.” Mordechai Ronen was a survivor of Auschwitz Concentration camp. I’m currently in the progress of reading, The Diary of Anne Frank– I’ve only read it once in high school and a remember very little. In general terms I am extremely engulfed with everything that has to do with the holocaust and WWII.
All time favorite movie, Inglorious Basterds,”We’re in the killin’ Nazi business, and cousin, business is a-boomi!”
Once I got the push that I needed during a coffee date with a friend- who also is reading the book- I finally ordered it. I’ve been completely consumed ever since, to the point that I’ve now begun going down my signature worm hole! YAY! Naturally I took to my trusted resource for information, Netflix. I found a documentary that was titled, “Nazi Concentration Camps” produced in the year 1954. The footage was unbearable and sickening. The conditions in which those poor souls had to endure is utterly disgusting and horrid. I highly recommend watching it though, it’s under an hour long and its definitely something we all need to bear and watch- As I was sitting there fixiated, watching the pile of ‘humans’ getting larger and larger on my 65″ TV, my phone vibrated, the kitchen timer for my chicken. At the moment I felt sick.
I want you to be honest with yourself, you don’t have to answer out loud just answer in your head. Ask yourself, “Do I have more than enough to survive?” Be honest, who better to tell the upmost truth to than yourself.
Anne Frank, not only with her family- but with another family of 3, along with one other, lived in hiding for 2 years. Living off of potatoes, potatoes and potatoes. They had specific times that they could speak, that they could move and even bathed in a metal tub in various rooms. She had clothes that, when worn, were up to her belly button, everything was infested with fleas and rats, no matter how much cleaning they did it was never truly clean. Even under those terrible conditions they still found ways to make the days pass favorably.
Some of us can’t go with out our phones for a day without having a metal break down.
“When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure.”-Viktor Frankl
So how do we decide what’s ‘enough’? Well first we must try and live a true abundant lifestyle. I explained a little about this in my previous post, Your Vision of Abundance, here is an excerpt of me explaining how I live abundantly:
“As many of my prior superiors and my own mother would agree with me in saying, I’m harder on myself than any other person could ever be. The most catastrophic event would be me disappointing and separating myself from my true potential. So, how does one figure out ones ‘true’ potential? One would have better luck in explaining the origin of how our brain creates our individual consciousness. For now, as cliché as it is to say, you’ll know when you know. Everyone’s experienced the feeling you receive when you indulge in a bowl full of your favorite ice-cream or your favorite sweet treat. Now what about the feeling you get when you help someone or something in need without having and expectation of any type of reimbursement? That’s my sweet treat. That’s what living in abundance means to me. Being able to over fill my cup and letting the sweet vibrations of true kindness and the purest of intentions expand over into a world filled with insurmountable amounts of discontent.”
What is abundance? My answer, Happiness. Abundance is happiness in all aspects of my life, meaning, I’m happy with what I have and I don’t want or need the fancy cars or millions of followers. With that happiness, I’m creating goals, pushing myself to do the inner work and grow daily. Holding myself accountable to the opportunities that may arise. The only person that is responsible for your happiness is yourself. When you hold yourself accountable and do the work EVERYONE wins.
Let me leave you with a little activity that helped me when I first started on my journey to finding my abundance. List a few things that you would do right now if you didn’t fear the judgement or criticism of other people. Heres just a few things that were on my list:
- Start a blog
- Stop putting on full make up
- Stop dying my hair
- Eliminate certain toxic relationships
Now, look at your list and say hello to your true self.