Everyone who was once a schoolkid knows the two different phases of Summer holidays.
Waking up on the first Monday of summer holidays is a feeling of unparalleled abundance. School seems light years away. It really feels like you have unlimited time.
This feeling continues until one morning in August, when you look at the calendar and have the opposite feeling, because there are only ten days left before school starts.
These two feelings, abundance and scarcity, are ever-present forces in our lives. Often whole weeks, or months, or even years take the general tone of one or the other. But we also swing back and forth between them throughout each day.
You look at the clock, expecting it to be six-something, and it’s 7:48. A feeling of scarcity descends immediately.
You remember this coming Monday is a holiday. A whoosh of abundance.
You arrive at the show and there’s a huge lineup for tickets. You catch a news report about a sluggish economy. Your girlfriend says she doesn’t want fries but will just “Have some of yours.” Scarcity.
Your boss tells you a deadline has been pushed back. Netflix adds a whole second season of Happy Valley. You’ve done every bit of laundry in the house and it’s all clean and folded. Abundance.
Abundance is the feeling of “All I need right now, and more”. It is the feeling that you can rely on your future, on your personal world, to provide for you.
Scarcity is the sense that it’s uncertain that what you need will be available. It activates the parts of the brain that deal with competition, urgency and despair. Read More
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