Resourcefulness is the ability to find and to utilize supplies in intelligent ways.   As the old adage states: “necessity is the mother of invention” which means that we create or find what we need most once we recognize that we have a need for it. Our needs change through various situations, and resourcefulness is the skill to make adaptations to meet our needs according to the availability of materials.

In this image, various sources of energy are pictured.  The elements of fire, wind, water, and earth are all different manifestations of energy, and our skills at using these various sources of energy allow us to meet our needs in more and more complex and efficient ways. In addition to the sources of energy in the world around us, we have myriad sources of our own, internal energy. We can utilize our own power by turning within as in meditation, or by following our heart’s desires, or through our abilities to act, to make, to do, as well as to think more cogently and to communicate with each other.

            There is a sense of openness in being resourceful, a sense that new resources are constantly coming into being to meet new needs. When we are resourceful, we are poised in such a way as to be willing to try new ways of doing things. This sense of openness comes from keeping ourselves focused on the present moment rather than being stuck in outdated modes of being, or constantly waiting for a better future. When one is using resourcefulness, one is fully engaged in making things work as best as possible with all that is available now.

Published by Kate

I am an artist, thinker, writer, and maker of things of all sorts. I live in beautiful rural Vermont where I make things for beauty, necessity, and the betterment of the world.

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