The world has a way of giving what is demanded of it. If you are frightened and look for failure and poverty, you will get them, no matter how hard you may try to succeed. Lack of faith in yourself, in what life will do for you, cuts you off from the good things of the world. Expect victory and you make victory. -Preston Bradley
I’ve read many, many books in the last few years that talk about the power that we have to create our own lives, to make things happen in our lives rather than waiting passively for them to occur. It’s kind of a scary thought, because it implies our responsibility for the way things are in our lives. If things are going wrong, then we have contributed to the negative occurrences through our own thoughts and actions.
The more I read and try to put into practice the principles that I read, the more I’m convinced that Preston is right–if we expect negative things in our lives, that’s exactly what we’ll get. If, on the other hand, we expect prosperity and peace and positive things, guess what we’ll get?
Unfortunately, most of us aren’t able to make a shift like this for the long run. In our age of immediate gratification, if we try to be positive for a month and we don’t see great changes in our lives, we’re likely to give up and say “See? Even when I try this, it doesn’t work!”
The world is a mirror. It gives back to us what we give to it. If we give it a frightened, tentative attitude, it responds on that level. It has to, because it responds to what we give it. We’re not talking about what other people give us as individuals, but what the world as a whole gives to us.
A consistently positive attitude creates a consistently positive return. You do have it within your power to prove this in your own life, and of turning your life into a reflection of an attitude that focuses on beauty and empowerment and love.
Questions to ponder:
1. Have you ever been taught specifically about the power of your own thoughts, and their tendency to create the life you live?
2. How can it be true that “life is a mirror”?
3. Does it make sense to think that “life” really can discriminate and put some of us down and give some of us great gifts, or is it truly objective?
For further thought:
Life is a magic vase filled to the brim, so made that you cannot
dip from it nor draw from it; but it overflows into the hand that
drops treasures into it. Drop in malice and it overflows hate;
drop in charity and it overflows love.