Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Secret in Action

It began as sort of a whisper, coming into my life here and there, but never very specific. I would see it on TV, hear it mentioned in passing, notice it at the bookstore; but I never paid much attention to it. I was too busy, thought it was probably all just hype; and yet I remained curious.

Then one day, one of my classmates brought it up in conversation. Suddenly, it was secret no more. Soon after that conversation I watched the video The Secret and I was definitely underwhelmed. The people on the video seemed too happy and made it all sound too easy and too good to be true. I thought it was probably all fake, maybe a coincidence at best. And yet I remained curious.

So I decided to try it. The back story here is that in my infinite wisdom, I told myself I never wanted to be one of those people who are obsessed with wealth and material things. So to prevent that, I have had it stuck in my head for several years that I'd be fine with "just enough." And I have been, but it's been kind of a curse. I've always had literally "just enough" to get by, and sometimes it's come down to pennies. Around the time that I discovered The Secret was one of those times I was wondering if I'd have enough. So I put The Secret to the test.

Lo and behold, it did seem to work like magic. I got paid much more than expected for a magazine article that was published, I got another unexpected paycheck, and I got a lucrative tutoring job, all within weeks of putting my thoughts out into the universe. The Secret worked in other ways too, things I don't remember exactly. I might even go so far as to say The Secret helped me get my current teaching job. Eventually I let The Secret slip back into oblivion and went on with my life as normal.

A few weeks ago I found myself thinking about The Secret again and wondering how I could put it to work in my life. And suddenly, things started to click into place. I was reminded that The Secret isn't about getting what you want without working for it, but rather using what's available to you to bring about what you want. So I looked at the opportunities present in my life and a light-bulb went off over my head. I'm very excited for my new endeavor, and hope that The Secret continues to deliver it's magic!