Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tip#415: What Living In Abundance Looks Like – It's A Wonderful Life
Abundance: A great or plentiful amount
I just received an early Christmas gift of being interviewed live in Las Vegas on the internet radio station XRadio.biz. It was highly synchronistic this has happened as I am just on a holiday vacation here. The magical connection is that Erin McElroy from The Sheri and Erin Show (see tip#360) lives in Las Vegas and I let her know I'd be here. She then invited me to be her first guest of her new show she is co-hosting!
It was an extremely enjoyable interview that also included DJ Rejj Smooth, Program Director at Xradio.biz. We discussed my New York Times feature, my two life changing years (2000 and 2010) and movies that motivate such as Cinderella Man, Baby Boom, Rudy, Eat Pray Love and Elf.
One online listener wrote in asking to suggest movies that show what living in abundance looks like. The movie that came immediately to mind was The Pursuit of Happyness and I shared how the main character, Chris Gardner (Will Smith) was homeless and yet already living in abundance with his passion for his son and wanting to be a stockbroker.
Then I shared the example of the classic film It's A Wonderful Life in which it discusses the true nature of wealth. George Bailey (James Stewart) is in financial turmoil and discovers his true abundance in the number of friendships he'd accumulated.
It's A Wonderful Life 1946
The movie It's A Wonderful Life is a Christmas classic about George Bailey (James Stewart) who's dreams in life keep getting put on hold for many years. When Bailey is faced with a financial crisis he hits rock bottom and contemplates suicide. An angel comes to Bailey and shows him how rich his life was because of the difference he made in other people's lives.
Bailey discovers the abundance of friends he’d accumulated over the years who immediately came to his aid in his time of great need. He learns that true wealth is not money but in the friendships he had cultivated.
Be inspired by movies and real life stories to show you what living in abundance is like. Make sure you define what abundance means to YOU. Yes, money is a form of abundance and yet it can take all shapes and forms. So you may be surprised to recognize abundance is already in your life. Always remember you are full of wealth and richness in some way. You are full of abundance!
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