Prosperity, according to author workshop instructor Julia Cameron, isn’t about money. Still, most people, when they hear this concept, snicker or greet the statement with rejection.
On the other hand, Cameron’s 12 week program has proven to enable people to identify an abundant life – green life’s garden. So, ask yourself the following questions. Has the acquisition of money or material items really created a sense of prosperity? Has the availability of money ensured sustainable human relationships – true intimacy? For, Cameron’s research indicates long-term sustainable relationships to be the byproduct of honesty; and, in fact, such life-style relationships can be acquired without spending a dime!
When I applied Cameron’s challenge to myself, I identified that I feel prosperous when I experience the change of season, the colors of spring and fall. I have a sense of faith when I harvest fruit and vegetables, sit on my deck and listen to the sounds of nature or see bountiful blooms result from landscape garden activities. I also feel prosperous when the smell of baking bread or scent of hardwood burning triggers memories of an agri-childhood. And, in fact, more cherished moments occur when I snuggle with a grandchild while sharing stories of childhood experiences. These experiences – not money – have enabled my sense of prosperity, green life’s garden.
Nevertheless, although a sense of prosperity may not be dependent on money, it is realistic to recognize that acquiring debt creates a sense of anxiety. So, Cameron suggests that we ‘count in terms of debt’ – identify what drives spending habits specifically avoiding the purchase of ‘big ticket’ non-essential monetary items. So, in order to avoid debt anxiety, whether personal and/or professional, everyone should develop a plan: identify a source of sustainable income that insures an adequate life-style. From a business perspective, my book Market Share make it work for you provides guidelines for developing, implementing and monitoring business plans. From a personal perspective, each of us should equally identify life-goals and periodically review them to ensure that we are on track. For example, I recently had a friend ask if I would meet with and advise a young person related to his life-goals. To make a long story short, the person had acquired formal education in one area of expertise, worked in another area of expertise; and as a life-goal, wanted to work in a third area of expertise. In other words, he was completely off track from acquiring his sense of self honesty, a prosperous life. What was the barrier? It was fear of acquiring debt associated with required educational requirements.
So the question is related to ‘greening your life garden’ if you were to evaluate your life-goals, would you be on track? In terms of communicating prosperity, are you seen as a person who walks his/her talk, a person who recognizes that prosperous sustainable relationships- a green life garden - are not about money but honesty? To further explore the impact of Cameron’s 12 week program, post comment below and through sharing experiences; together, let’s inspire others to acquire a prosperous heart.