The mentality of scarcity is something that creeps up on me. I try to cultivate this feeling of abundance by being really grateful for all it is I have. But I think in these difficult economic times, where all the reports keep repeating how bad it is and how much worse it's getting, it's easy to slip into a mode of thinking that says that there couldn't possibly be enough or there won't be enough.
I started thinking really deeply about this the other day because of two things. Firstly, my knife. You know I feel like a good, sharp knife is perhaps the most important tool in the kitchen. Yet, I am always hesitant to sharpen my knife. The other day I really took a moment to think about why. I realized that deep inside, I don't want to sharpen it because I'm trying to prolong the life of it since it was such an expensive knife (by my standards). Now, there's nothing wrong with trying to get the most out of something especially when you've paid good money for it. Except if you are depriving yourself of enjoying that very thing, it kind of defeats the purpose.
Secondly, my running gloves. These too were also a pretty big chunk of change for me. The fact of the matter is that they are very good gloves under my wool mittens because they have a wind-breaking hood and actually keep my hands moderately warm so I can do things like unlock the door or strap my children into car seats. But I found myself making the decision not to wear them, again, to prolong their life. So I find myself with frosty fingers (my hands are always cold) wondering why I don't just always wear the dang running gloves.
I figured out that the underlying thought process is that should the knife go dull or the gloves fray or get a hole, I won't be able to replace them. That kind of thinking only increases my chances that this will indeed be the case. So I'm actively looking for ways and working on methods to let go of this fear, to live in in the present and enjoy what I have now to the fullest.
Does the scarcity mentality ever creep up on you? How do you put it to rest?