Thursday, August 04, 2011

These Dreams Part Two .. by Liimu

Last week, I told you how I didn't make the cut in the recent auditions for the Voice, and how I drew upon that experience to comfort my 8-year old daughter when she found out she would not be participating in A-level champs for swim team.

I'm a huge proponent of the Law of Attraction and teach my children to tell only the story they want to be telling and to be careful to cast only positive words into their Universe. For instance, if my daughter is worried about doing well in her swim meet, I encourage her to say how well she wants to do, not that she's afraid of failing or being disqualified.

So, when we were at B champs watching her swim and she took off like a rocket off the block, landing in the water a good ten feet in front of the next competitor, we screamed with glee to see her manifesting the dream she'd been talking about all week - coming in first. We jumped up and down and cheered her on as she stayed ahead of all the other girls all the way to the wall. You can imagine how confused I was, then, when she emerged from the water wet not just from swimming but from the tears that streamed down her face.

"What's wrong?" I asked my daughter, concerned and bewildered by her tears that were very obviously not tears of joy.

"I think I touched the bottom - I think I DQ'ed." I hugged her and then took her face in my hands.

"Before you worry about that, look at me. YOU SWAM GREAT. You did what you said you were going to do. You came in first! You swam strong the whole way and no matter what happens, you swam GREAT." I led her over to the coaches to see what the rules were. A very sweet man - a dad of one of the swimmers on the opposing team - gently touched my daughter's elbow.

"It's ok if you touched the bottom. It's not disqualifying for this event, I don't think." There wasn't 100% conviction in his voice, but I appreciated the idea and him sharing it with my daughter. She seemed to calm considerably and certainly enough to ask her coaches what they thought the outcome was going to be.

"Well, I didn't see the judge raise her hand on the event so either it's not a disqualifying event, or they didn't see it happen. Either way, let's hope for the best and we'll find out soon enough."

I urged my daughter to remove "DQ" from her vocabulary until the official results were in. The next day, I couldn't wait to open the e-mail that arrived with the official results. I pulled the document up on my iPhone and scrolled down, visualizing seeing her name in the number one position. Sure enough, there it was - a full two seconds faster than any of the other girls in the league. We went out that night to celebrate what was a huge accomplishment for so many reasons, not the least of which being that she had manifested the reality of her dreams both through visualizing it and through months of hard work.

I guess I should have been more surprised when I received a call saying that she'd also be competing in A champs, after all. She'd be the fourth swimmer in the relay event. I wasn't surprised, though, because I had seen how she could manifest her own desires. She had done it effortlessly at 8. Who knows what it will look like by the time she's my age. I'm thrilled to stand by and see.

I continue to be amazed at how well the Law of Attraction works. I hope to be able to continue to model for my children how to apply it in my life so they can live out their deepests dreams.

Dreams come true - so I pose this question to you...what are your dreams, and what are you doing to make them come true today?

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