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July 05, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 162

I've been work­ing on my pros­per­ity beliefs recently. A mem­ber of the­ Uni­ty ­Church, we're taught that pros­per­ity is largely a mind set -that to achieve pros­per­ity you must first believe that you are pros­per­ous, that you are in a cli­mate of plenty.

Some­times that's tough. It's espe­cially hard at tax time. This is the time of year that we gnash our teeth about money we've spent fool­ishly for grande lattes at Star­bucks and pneu­matic bras at Victoria's Secret, and clutch the crumbs the feds claim as theirs. I get the men­tal image of a wrin­kled scrag­gly gnarled old man, dressed in tat­tered clothes, sit­ting in the fee­ble glow of a drip­ping smok­ing tal­low can­dle as he caresses his riches. Fondling his gold. We get miserly as we for­get that we're actu­ally pros­per­ous. A mind­set of poverty leads to liv­ing impoverished.

You are pros­per­ous. No mat­ter what we are speak­ing of, except per­haps spouses, road­sters, or homes, you likely pos­sess more than one. But do you feel wealthy?

Many of our trou­bles can be attrib­uted to our lack of pros­per­ous think­ing. About two years ago I took a women's lead­er­ship course at the Miraval spa inAr­i­zona. One morn­ing our task was Mind­ful Eat­ing. We were instructed to take what­ever we wished from the exotic and gen­er­ous break­fast buf­fet and then take a seat at the main table. We were then instructed in our eat­ing med­i­ta­tion. We were to sit in silence through­out the meal, care­fully choos­ing a bite from our plate, and enjoy­ing the color and appear­ance of the food. We were to bring it to our nose, and savor the aroma. We then placed the bite in our mouth, and slowly chewed, enjoy­ing both tex­ture and taste of each bite until it had essen­tially dis­solved in our mouths, all fla­vor sucked from it. We could then swal­low, and take a sip to cleanse our palate for the next bite. When we felt full, we were to silently sig­nal the wait­per­son to remove our plates.

I thor­oughly enjoyed my fresh mixed berries, crisp pep­per bacon and egg white omelet stuffed with fresh herbs, spinach, and gooey cream cheese-in fact, I can recall that meal two years later. Hav­ing only com­pleted half my plate but com­fort­able sated, I sig­naled a waiter. I expe­ri­enced panic as he car­ried away my plate. I was full, but... "What if I get hun­gry before lunch? I've got an exhaust­ing day planned- what if I need that food?"

Poverty mind­set in the midst of plenty. I was unlikely to suf­fer from mal­nu­tri­tion at this lux­u­ri­ous spa with com­pli­men­tary fruit, smooth­ies, and cook­ies every­where. An ah-ha moment: I was no longer eat­ing for nour­ish­ment, but to pre­vent future lack. How often to we take more than we need in fear of lack?

Do you col­lect things rather than calo­ries from fear of lack? Grasp the excuse of spring clean­ing and really inven­tory your closet. Do you have one of all that you need, or do you have more than one? When you shop, are you fill­ing your needs, or assuag­ing a fear of poverty? Or do you just really like shoes? (Not that there's any­thing wrong with that... )

A recent com­mer­cial chimes "What's in your wal­let?" What do you have-do you know? Do you have a bud­get, a finan­cial plan? Or do you live with the fear of fight­ing Felix for the tin of tuna when social secu­rity sput­ters? Do you know if you can ever retire, or when you'll reach finan­cial free­dom- the date that you may con­tinue your health care career sim­ply because you love it? Are you mak­ing finan­cial deci­sions from knowl­edge and a feel­ing of pros­per­ity, or just fear of lack?

I encour­age you to live large, to embrace pros­per­ity in your life. Give gen­er­ously and joy­fully of your time, tal­ents, and trea­sures to those who have less than one.

It has been said: "Wealth is hav­ing just a lit­tle bit more than what you need."

You are pros­per­ous. You have more than one.

Humor­ous med­ical moti­va­tional speaker Patri­cia Ray­mond MD resus­ci­tates the joy in med­i­cine and guides physi­cians and nurses to learn to play nicely in our shared med­ical sand­box. Author of Don't Jet­ti­son Med­i­cine: Resus­ci­tate Your Pas­sion for the Career You Loved, Dr. Ray­mond is the right rem­edy to make your hos­pi­tal healthy. Book Dr. Ray­mond for your next hos­pi­tal event or med­ical con­ven­tion; get infor­ma­tion at 'Like' Dr. Ray­mond on Face­book at, and fol­low her funny health tweets @PatriciaRaymond

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