Monday, August 27, 2007

Reflecting on "The Secret"


I've always been a firm believer in the whole "everything happens for a reason" way of thinking.  That what happens to us is meant to be and strategically planned out for us by God ahead of time. 

Now, I'm starting to wonder...

How much of our lives is truly in our own hands?  How much is actually within our control?  Are we simply destined to walk the path which is laid out before us with little or no say in the matter? 

Of course, there ARE things that happen to us that we have no control over..  Innocent children are abused for being children.  A careless individual negligently causes a devastating accident.  An illness or disease invades a body, no matter how diligently that person maintains a healthy lifestyle.  War rages on...

And yet, I do believe, wholeheartedly, that it is how we face our circumstances which defines who we are. 

Someone recently mentioned the book, "The Secret" to me.  It wasn't the first time I had been made aware of it, but I did, for the first time, look into it.  The idea behind "The Secret" greatly reflects what I am feeling now and how I so wish to continue living my life.

I'll share this piece of what I've read with you:

"The law of attraction (which is what the book itself is based on) means that everything that happens to you—good or bad—you attract to yourself.  It is as if you're placing an order. If you were at a restaurant and you ordered something, you fully expect it to come served that way. That's how the universe is. You're putting out orders—consciously and unconsciously. So if you say, 'I'll never have a great relationship,' or 'I'll never find happiness,' you just placed an order."

Most of what has been on my plate lately has been overcooked, chewy and downright unhealthy...

It's time to move on.


"When you wake up in the morning, try to see the big picture in your life.  Moments are what we have, and they should be treasured.  Lessons don't always come easy, but they open our eyes and with any luck put what is important, into perspective.  Chase the dream.  Know there's hope. Believe in miracles.  Even when "it" feels bad.  Life is oh so good."  

Thank you, Irene for sharing these words and for allowing me to share them!

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chat2missie said...

I believe we make our own destiny by the choices that we make.

barbpinion said...

The life we're living was created by choices we made - or didn't make. We reap what we sow, but also reap what has been sown by others. This is a wonderful entry. Thank you for sharing it. Praying for you as always, loving you too.

tendernoggle said...

Thanks for posting this...
love ya,

redsneakz said...

The Lubavitcher Rebbe used to say to everyone, "Think good, and it will be good."  He wasn't telling us to ignore life's disasters and misfortunes; rather, just like your book, he was telling us to face life with 42de.


wildautumn1 said...

I seem to be on the same path of self discovery! It does make sense - they should teach this to young kids too! Have a great day!

mariebm56 said...

They also have a video out, I have to see if I can get it at the library.

siennastarr said...

I've not read that book, Michelle, although I have heard about it.  Pesonally, I have always tried to practice what this book preaches, without even knowing it.  I don't believe it accidents.. or coincidences.  I believe that all things happen for a reason.  That they are supposed to happen in order to change the course of our lives for the better or the worse.  That would bring us to "putting your order right out there in the universe."  
I have a saying that I live by, and it's this:
Negative feelings are like stray cats -
the more you feed them the more they hang around. - Joyce Rupp

So.. I try my best to put out positive vibes and not negative ones, in the hopes that positive will come back into my life.

Hugs and love

queeniemart said...

I have no desire to read that book at all.
Life is overwhelming and sometimes we have no control over things that one instant it can all be taken away. One second, life is normal and the next someone else may cause everything to change.

stupidsheetguy said...

I still maintain a belief, however, that there are random circumstances that occur, because bad things happen to good people, and I don't like to think that anyone brings them on herself. I like to keep Karma in the mix. I agree that the way we face adversity is a key indicator of our character, but I also believe that good people eventually get what they deserve. So I'm going to just wait and watch for all those good things to happen to you.