Have you heard of the book or movie The Secret? Back in 2011, I discovered that book. And for years I studied that book. Hard. I read and re-read and re-read it all. Cover to cover. Pages highlighted, bookmarked, creased. Notes scribbled in the corners.
Then I found out about the movie! I was thrilled. I watched it over and over. 20 times.
I applied the things I learned from studying the text. Every night when I went to sleep I visualized the things I wanted in my life. In the book they talked about this woman who was able to get back to her 20/20 vision because she visualized having it. So I did too. In the book they talked about a guy getting his dream car because he saw his hands wrap around the steering wheel. So I did too.
I did all of it. For seven years I visualized. I studied. I did everything I could to manifest my perfect life.
But Nothing happened! Nothing changed. Nothing transformed.
Maybe this was my fault? Did I do it wrong? Was I not trying hard enough? I spent months beating myself up because I still didn’t have what I wanted. Because I was still in the same place I had been when I started the Secret.
It had to be me. I couldn’t believe that I could even mess THIS up. How could I be doing this tiny thing so wrong? I cried. I screamed. I was so so mad. Mad at me.
So here I am. Now 9 years later and I still don’t have what I want. But I decided something. Even though I don’t have everything I want. There IS one thing I can do.
I can smile. I can manifest abundance through my smile. This one little thing I can do right.
So here I am. Committed to an abundant smile. There are some days I definitely don’t feel like it. There are some days I don’t think I can handle it.
But even when I don’t feel like it, I throw one out into the world. When I catch someone’s eye and they smile at me right back, I feel it. I feel the abundance right here. Right now.