Positive thinking can manifest whatever we desire. My entire beautiful life was created by dreaming it up. The manifestation of this life began after I ended my first marriage.
I was floundering with fear. My lovely niece, Katie, sent me a small book, “The Prayer of Jabez.” It’s a short little prayer. Short was good. My brain was so fried I couldn’t focus on much.
The prayer is composed of four parts. First, Jabez asks God to bless him. Second, he asks God to enlarge his territory or increase his responsibility. Third, he prays that God will be with him and stay close. Lastly, Jabez asks that God keep him from harm so that he will be free from pain. In my prayer I changed that last bit to, “Let me cause no pain”– a largely impossible feat when breaking up a family.
That first summer I walked miles, praying the prayer like a mantra. Amazingly doors simply flew open.
Probably the most astonishing door was the one leading to product design. NOTHING in my background would indicate I had the ability to design three-dimensional product, made in China, sold at Costco.
But a wonderful neighbor, Cynthia Voetsch, saw my struggle. She owned a business that did exactly that–designed and manufactured lawn and garden items, as well as furniture–all of which was sold at Costco not only in USA, but England, Mexico, and Canada. Cynthia hired me on monthly retainer. Here is one of the first products I ever designed in collaboration with my later partner, Mary Beth Vieha.
I even got to have my picture on the box! You bet I’ve saved that giant piece of cardboard. Co-worker Mary Beth touched up my make-up.
Another, Terry Pfister, dragged me outside to stand in front of a tree and shot several pictures. This is the one that made the cut.
Many of my friends and neighbors bought Sarah. Judy Nolan sends me photos of her Twin Lakes, Wisconsin Sarah every season. Sarah has acres of lush flowers and foliage at her feet.
Costco sold a ton of those Sarah’s. In fact, last summer while visiting Chicago, I ran into a Sarah in Roscoe Village. I felt fancy.
So, take it from me, positive thinking can change your world. Now I’m off to meditate. Will put a post-it note on my chest saying, “Meditating not sleeping. DO NOT HURL THE POOL BALL.” Life is excellent.