Fortune Cookie Friday: Venture Not

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Hello, everyone! How are you doing? Are you ready for today's fortune cookie? 


Here we go: 

Venture not all in one boat.

This fortune cookie reminds me of that old adage: "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." 

After all, what happens if you drop the basket? You'll break ALL your eggs, right? 

So what's going to happen if you venture "all in one boat"? Is the boat going to sink and you go down with it? 

There is value in being careful with your resources and diversifying your assets, so to speak, but I'm going to turn this fortune on its head and ask a question that, at first, may not seem related:

What is your motivation in not venturing out in all one boat or putting your eggs all in one basket? I want to question this, because I've been thinking a lot about scarcity mindset vs. abundance mindset, lately.

What do I mean by these? 

A scarcity mindset is one in which you believe there isn't enough of something out there for you. Whether it's money, opportunities, or something else, you have the mindset that there are limited resources in one way or other. This is the type of mindset that wants to hoard food or other items, or gets jealous at another's success because for some reason they feel that if someone else is successful, there's less out there for themselves. 

An abundance mindset, on the other hand, is one in which people realize that no matter what is going on with another's success, they can STILL be successful, and there IS plenty out there for them. That it doesn't matter what other people do, because whatever they set themselves to is going to work for them. 

I am in no way saying to throw caution to the wind and stop being careful. I'm just challenging all of us to think differently about WHY we're being careful, if that makes any sense. If we approach life with an abundance mindset—meaning, we know there is plenty out there for us, no matter what other people are doing or saying—then we're already setting ourselves up to succeed because we have an expectation of success for ourselves. We can envision it, mold it, and bring it into this reality.

I've been reading this book lately that is just one out of plenty available, but I've been enjoying it. It's called Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain. (You could get the standalone book, or you could get the 3-in-1 Shakti Gawain Essentials book.*) In it, Ms. Gawain runs us through how to develop an abundance mindset and steer away from the scarcity mindset by using a variety of visualization techniques. 

Anyway, that is the first topic that ran through my mind when I opened this cookie, so I went with it. I think it's because of the visuals that the fortune engenders in my own minds' eye, because I can liken it to giving a project my all, such as putting all of my energy (resources) into what I am doing in order to meet a goal.

I struggled for years with the scarcity vs. abundance mindset, I'll admit, but now that I'm learning to think about things differently, I feel so much more free to pursue what I want to do and not worry so much about eggs and baskets and boats. If I give something my all and it doesn't work out, that's okay. There's still plenty more for me to do. Am I going to be reckless? NO. But I am going to make sure my mindset is not one based in fear.

There is nothing wrong with being careful, or planning, or anything else that is considered wise. I still plan what I'm going to do and how I'm going to get there. I guess I'm saying: if it serves you and your goals, get into that boat of yours and set sail! ⛵

As usual, there are many possible interpretations of this fortune cookie. I'd love to hear what YOU think about it! 🐝


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  1. Speaking to your positive bee-ing :-) Isn't it distincly human to know we are as "apart" as we are "a part".

    A boat is a means of travel and responds to both the seas and its captain or crew. It's a rich experience to venture forth in one's own craft or to honor our personal and individual mindset and destiny. The enrichment is amplified by sharing personal experience with others on the same sea, traveling by or within a different means, toward a different or like place. If we focus on the boat and the luxury of this vessel belonging and responding uniquely to us, we own our privilege as well as our right and responsibility to navigate, which can be as thrilling as fulfilling. Knowing we are not alone, but together in separate vessels sharing a course is a comfort just in case we run aground, spring a leak, catch a sunrise or a whole lot of fish.

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    1. As always, I *love* your take on things, my friend! Thank you for sharing your journey and your thoughts on life with me. :)

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