The Abundance Mindset Through the Medium of Toilet Roll

I’ve been reading a lot about the mindset of abundance, the idea that there’s enough in the world for everybody. Imagine a world where we truly believed this, it would remove many of our limiting beliefs about what we could achieve and would mean we wouldn’t hold so tightly to what we already had.

It’s a state of being that sometimes computes for me and at other times feels so far away from realistic that I may as well file it under the category of mythical realm protected by curses, dragons, maybe a flowing lava pit…you get the idea.

But a spur of the moment gesture at a festival lately that came from the heart gave me a glimpse into the mindset of abundance and allowed my mind to flirt with the idea of what the world would be like if we were all willing to give and receive freely of our toilet roll (and other things).

The voice from the heart

As I waited my turn in the morning loo queue, roll in pocket, a girl uttered the dreaded cry, ‘Mum, there’s no toilet paper, do you have any?’

Her Mum did not, but this wasn’t my first experience of portaloos, so I was packing an extra roll and my heart told my head to get dishing. After handing some loo roll out to the girl I then gave some to the rest of the people in the queue, why wouldn’t I? I had plenty, they had none, why not share the wealth? There was a sense of trust in my heart that told me even if I gave away all my loo roll, I would find more when I needed it.

The voice from the head

But what about that other voice.   You know the one; the anxious one, the worrying one, the one that gives you one hundred and one reasons why handing out your precious loo roll is a bad idea.  You should keep it, just in case you need it, what if one of your kids needs it, what if you run out, what if there’s no toilet roll to be had for the rest of the weekend?  What if, what if, what it?

I know this voice well, and I’m pretty pleased that it didn’t get a look in during the porta loo scenario.  Once upon a time it may have run rampant screaming through my brain until I discounted my heart and listened to my head.  But on this joyous Saturday morning I was a toilet roll fairy, flitting from person to person dolling out the soft stuff with a smile on my face and love in my heart.

This is the mindset of abundance.  I trusted my heart and did the right thing, not just for me but for everyone else in the queue – apart from the guy at the back who’d brought his own, fair play to the man, maybe he went on to become a toilet roll fairy to someone else; that’s the other cool thing about the abundance mindset, once witnessed it tends to spread.

Live in Abundance and the Universe notices

For the rest of the weekend the portaloos were fully stocked with toilet roll, so it didn’t matter that I’d given out most of my roll. Not only that, but I found an additional roll in the van I didn’t realise I’d packed, there was an abundance of toilet roll! That’s the great thing about this mindset; give with the intention of giving and the Universe tends to give back.

Share the wealth and tell me your stories of abundance in the comments below!

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18 thoughts on “The Abundance Mindset Through the Medium of Toilet Roll

  1. I would share my own story in the comments ,but I don’t have one, not to worry I believe other Rae’s will pull through with some fun story comments.

    I love the abundance mindset, I love you!

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  2. Beautifully written Rae. I love the idea of the abundance mindset and try to be generous. Coincidentally, today we went blackberry picking and struggled to get enough berries to make more than a couple of pies. Whilst we were picking I noticed an elderly lady sat on a bench and thought I’d offer her the berries I’d picked. She declined the offer, didn’t say thanks for offering and said there were plenty to be had near her home. I felt a bit put out and when I questioned my intentions I realised my driving reason for offering her my hard earned berries was to receive gratitude. So, your blog today resonated with me in that unless we give purely because we want to share and not for recognition or thanks then we won’t be in tune with the universe at all. I have learnt something about myself today, so thank you for consolidating that xx

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    • You’re more than welcome lovely and what a deep and insightful reflection that was. It’s so hard to give without expecting gratitude, it’s so ingrained/subconcious when we give something to expect something back. Even in the most giving role I have as a mother I can sometimes find myself resentfully wishing for a few more thank you’s, but then the kids can throw out gratitude when I least expect it so it’s these moments I try to look out for (and their genuiness always feel better than a forced/expected thank you). Thanks for your lovely reflections xxx


  3. I raised my children to be polite. Yes please and no thank you. I don’t think good manners is wrong or that it’s wrong to to have your good intentions acknowledged. I do think that at the very least Mandy’s elderly lady could have said, no thanks, and explained why she didn’t need the berries.

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    • I agree Mary, manners aren’t wrong at all and neither is having good intentions acknowledged, but I do think there’s such freedom to be found in giving purely with the intention of generosity.

      It feels like the true spirit of giving has been lost in most of our interactions today, where we’re essentially taught that we give in order to receive, be it a thanks or a gift or service in return.

      But I have found that on those rare occasions when I’m able to give in the true spirit of the gift – that is giving for the pure joy of giving – some deeper part of me is satiated and a deeper/more meaningful level of connection is forged- however fleeting. In this joy of giving I find reciprocity fulfils itself. (The rest of the time a please or thank you is still very much appreciated!)

      Thanks for your comment 😊

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      • I know what you mean and maybe she was rude. But also she might have been depressed, or recently concerned about her increasing dependence and seeing the kind gesture as confirmation that the world saw her as pitiful, she might have been shy, embarrassed or anxious, or so overwhelmed by the kindness that she was worried she’d cry if she said more, or deep in thought about the terrible news she just heard, or so many other reasons that don’t change the fact that Mandy was kind and gratitude would have been welcome but also don’t necessarily invite judgement

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      • A great point Christina, always good in these situations to consider different perspectives, we never really know what’s going on in someone else’s world so compassion is a good starting point.

        Thanks for your comment Christina.

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  4. “… a glimpse into the mindset of abundance”

    I grew up in a world that was firmly set in the scarcity mindset. It was programmed into me, so learning to allow myself to feel like abundance could happen, well– it takes effort.

    That being said, I have adopted a mantra: positive begets positive. It helps.

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