The sun is setting and it’s time to leave the park. We’ve gone down the slide “one more time” at least a dozen times. For two-year old Olivia, this is the end. She’s devastated.
For her, the moment she’s in is the only thing that matters. She’s completely connected and fully engaged. This is a pure example of the scarcity mindset.
The opposite is the abundance mindset, which is characterized by the feeling, “There’s more where that came from.”
Evidence suggests that those with an abundance mindset are happier. Olivia’s broken soul as the swings disappear in the rear window reinforces this evidence.
But I’m not so sure happiness is worth the trade. If there’s a choice between being happy, and being deeply connected to something, whatever pain that might bring, I’d pick the latter every time.
I think we could all benefit from forgetting that there’s tomorrow and acting like a two-year old a little more often.