I seem to fluctuate between frugality and abundance. When I feel abundant I feel guilty. I think that if I get too caught up in abundance I might get punished and be banished to mandatory frugality. That’s when I switch from abundance to voluntary frugality. I remain in frugality till I feel so underprivileged I long for abundance yet once again. But do I really have to choose between the two? Why can’t I combine the two and enjoy them both constantly and consistently?
How in the world do you combine ‘extremely plentiful‘ with ‘scrimping and saving‘? Duly noted that opposites attract but how do you join the yin with the yang? Isn’t it true that in human couple-ship opposites attract and yet get along very well? You may have much in common but you also have things that set you apart from each other quite harmoniously, I might add. So, is combining abundance with frugality more like a marriage? A partnership? Each one respecting the other but getting along just fine by holding onto their own set of core beliefs? Sure, you may have your differences but you talk it out and unanimously agree on a mutual outcome.
All abundance starts first in the mind. People who believe in abundance think that there is enough abundance to go around to everyone. Frugality, on the other hand, can be founded on either necessity or want. Necessity means you’re broke. You have no choice. You’re living paycheck to paycheck. Want means you’re sick and tired of being broke. So, you make conscious decisions to lower your expenses and live financially free. This is where abundance comes in. Since all abundance starts in your mind, you need to begin focusing on positive thoughts and setting goals. By believing that abundance will happen, it usually and consistently does.
Find a healthy balance between extreme frugality and abundance mentality, and you’ll set yourself up for success.
I live (and enjoy) a frugal lifestyle. But I also live (and enjoy) a life of abundance. I don’t dote nor dwell on either selection. I combine the two and enjoy them both. Each has its good and bad points. I’m tired of being broke and worrying about money but I’m also tired of wondering if I have enough and will I need more. Turns out, I won’t. I have enough.
When you reach your own set-point of ‘enough’ you will discover that yes! you can combine abundance and frugality together and live quite nicely inside your own special circle.
Live well and prosper, my friend. Live well and prosper.