Poverty Thinking

This morning I was browsing through some articles on LinkedIn’s Pulse forum. I spotted an interesting article titled ‘The Simple, Life-Changing Question That Hardly Anyone Can Answer’ which was posted by Oprah.

In the article she had interviewed the CEO of LinkedIn, Jeff Weiner, with the theme of answering the tricky question ‘What do you want’?  I enjoyed the brief article. It reminded me of an old friend and fellow spiritual teacher who would pose the question… “Why is it easier for you to believe that you are cursed then to believe that you are blessed”? Similarly, this questioned seemed to stump many people. Cursed or Blessed

At the end of the article I noticed a comment from a fellow reader that really ignited my thoughts. And I would like to ignite the thoughts of my readers here-I hope you leave your comments.

The comment from E.W. Parris stated: It seems to me that “What do you want?” is a question most shy away from because they know they have a hard enough time just meeting their own needs. Find a solution to income inequality and the question will have more relevance. For workers struggling to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads, that’s a question that smells of privilege.

To me, privilege, in this sense is more of a state of poverty thinking than a economic status. I have met many who come from a gifted economic status who still suffer from poverty thinking. Perhaps the bigger challenge is not ‘what do you want’ but more ‘ how do you want to feel’? We could have many debates about what is the root cause of poverty thinking- it was our upbringing, our family economic status, where we were born, etc.  But again, I believe it is all so relative to the individual and what their internal voice of the tyrant repeats.

For me, overcoming my own internal poverty thinking was a process. Not only an unraveling of the ball of old thinking…but also an unfolding of something new. It appeared through challenges that cause me to think and believe differently; to grow and reach way beyond ‘my’ limits; and to see the blessing in everything.  Like the lotus flower blooms by unfolding one petal at a time-out of the muck and mire of the pond where it was birthed…so was my process of shifting away from poverty thinking to one of feeling blessed and supported.

Hope you share your thoughts and feelings! Jennifer

To read the Pulse article, click here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/simple-life-changing-question-hardly-anyone-can-answer-oprah-winfrey