Featured Blog: Sharing Our Gifts, Passing the Baton & the Link to Abundance

Written by Team WFAN

Women Financial Advancement Network (WFAN) strives for a society where women join the financial system in an equitable manner to lead a more meaningful life.

August 30, 2013

The following blog is by Amy Jo Lauber originally published on her blog page.

Do you ever have this amazing experience when a synchronicity is so overwhelming that you find yourself reveling in the inspiration of it all and it moves you to tears? That happened to me this morning. I have this lovely ritual in the summer: I enjoy my coffee on the patio, have my morning meditation (what my mother used to call, “Staring into my coffee cup,”), read some of the Bible, some of Sarah Ban Breathnach’s Simple Abundanceand sometimes a few other treasures like Speaking Your Truth an anthology, and A Guide for the Advanced Soul: A Book of Insight by Susan Hayward.

I am preparing to give a talk about faith and finances. It never fails that, after this morning ritual, I am incredibly inspired for my work.

These nuggets of wisdom came into my path today:

Khalil Gibran from his book The Prophet, “Work is love made visible.”

Sarah Ban Breathnach quotes from Elizabeth O’Connor’s book Eighth Day of Creation: Gifts and Creativity in her book Simple Abundance, Because our gifts carry us out into the world and make us participants in life, the uncovering of them is one of the most important tasks confronting any of us.”

And from Ecclesiastes 2: 24, “A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God.”

I hugged the books.

I thought about how we all are called to share whatever gifts are bestowed on us; it is our responsibility. Through doing so, we are passing the baton of joy and inspiration and abundance to each other. This serves as an exultant connection to our path, our careers, each other, and whatever definition of the Divine we imagine.

The feeling of abundance (since it cannot be measured) is derived from the connection; the sharing. Of course, your definition of abundance may differ from mine and from others’; it’s

knowing what your definition of abundance is, so that you know it when you experience it.
If you’re always looking for abundance but don’t know what it looks like, you’ll never find it.

If you are open to delving a bit deeper into the interconnectedness of life, read Clarissa Harison’s blog post Bee Swarming: A Lesson on Rebirth (actually all of her posts are tremendously inspired, in fact, the name of her blog “Awen” is a Welsh word for “inspiration” or “muse”).

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About the author: My mission: I help people make good financial decisions with confidence. My purpose: I help people find peace with money. As President of Lauber Financial Planning, I provide financial advice, guidance and coaching on a fee only basis (no products, no commissions). I run a monthly support group called “I HATE Budgeting (But I Like Having Money)”, offer classes and seminars, speak around the world on the psychological, sociological, spiritual and emotional aspects of personal finance, and am the author of the ground-breaking book, “Living Inspired and Financially Empowered: Aligning Our Spiritual and Material Lives.”

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