I’ve been reading recently about the Law of Attraction. Simply put, the Law states that whatever you think about, you attract into your life at some point in the future. You act as a huge magnet that turns your thoughts into reality. There are books about it, films about it - you’d think everyone would know about it. And it certainly sounds simple enough, but no doubt it’s easier said than done.
It made me think carefully about my life. Perhaps it has worked for me as I have the lovely home and family that I’ve always imagined and hoped for. I thought about other people that I know – and no doubt you know some too – who lurch from one disaster or illness to another, always complaining, always expecting the worst, and seemingly always getting it. It made me wonder whether there was something to this Law after all.
If it is true that all we need to do to turn our thoughts to reality is focus very clearly on what we want rather than what we don’t want, then the real experts are children. If I was to ask small daughter to draw her ideal bedroom, for example, I would get the most beautifully detailed picture. Her focus is amazing and it works with teenagers too; big daughter knows exactly the sort of car she wants and the furniture for when she has her own house. A girl at my school dreamed of being a doctor and now that’s what she does for a living. So when do we stop believing that we can have our dream houses, our dream cars, our dream lives? Some people might say it’s when you start working and ‘living in the real world’, but that just implies that the real world isn’t a nice place which I’m sure isn’t right. So why are we more likely to focus on what’s wrong with our lives instead of what’s right with them?
Whether you believe that the Law of Attraction works or not (and if it did, I’d have a yacht and four holidays a year, you might say), it must surely be a good thing to focus on positive rather than negative aspects of your life. It’s not easy, as for some reason it’s much easier to spiral downwards into despondency that remain cheerful when things aren’t going your way. I try to deal with unpleasant situations by thinking how much worse off someone else must be at that particular moment, and when you look at the newspapers, there’s always someone worse off than you.
I think it’s time I followed my daughters’ lead and stopped being limited by the ‘real world’. I might not end up with a yacht or a mansion, but if imagining the world as a happier place with less poverty and sadness could potentially make it happen, then it’s certainly worth a go. I think so, anyway.