An attitude of gratitude
I am a grandmother, but don’t let that fool you! I am also a Fitness Instructor and teach six exercise classes per week for a group of seniors at the local Recreation Center.
Toward the end of 2006, however, my classes had started to dwindle to a mere handful, and I was getting very depressed about it since I depend on the extra income every month.
I had already watched The Secret DVD and read the book, and was really passionate about all of it, but somehow I just couldn’t seem to get it together when it came to applying the principles in my life. I was convinced everything Rhonda talked about was true, and had even shared The Secret with all of my children and my husband, and anyone else who would listen. But for some reason success eluded me… or so I thought!
I kept getting more discouraged, until one day it occurred to me that I hadn’t really “asked” for what I wanted, and now this was my opportunity. But I didn’t stop there. There were two ladies in my class who I knew I could approach about the problem. So one day I just told them how I felt about the serious lack of members, and that it looked like I’d have to cancel the classes if more people dropped out. I went on to ask them if they would join me in an experiment. I knew they both prayed, as I did myself, but I also knew that my faith in the prayer being answered was not really there… at least not for me. But I suggested that we all pray for an increase in the class membership, and to pray at home in our own way just whenever we thought about it. But I added one more thing – I asked them if they would really visualize the huge room where we work out, and keep seeing it filled with members all the way to the back of the room. I really emphasized that we had to believe it would happen and really SEE it happening. Of course my friends agreed to the experiment and so we went about our lives for the next few days.
By the following week we had two new members, then the next week another one. It kept on like this for the next couple of weeks and then suddenly stopped! It gave me a jolt as I wondered what was going on… had I done something wrong? Fortunately I knew that I could not allow any negative thoughts to come into my mind, and that I would just keep seeing new members join the classes. I realized that I had allowed fear to creep in and cause me to doubt that the experiment would work. So I made myself stop worrying over it, and just kept telling myself that everything would be okay… no matter what!!!
It wasn’t long before the classes took off again, and now we have a great group of people going all the way to the back of the room. I am so filled with gratitude every day, knowing that it all came about as a result of the Secret, and I will never stop using it in every area of my life.
Oh… and by the way, I’ve used it whenever I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather. I just keep saying, “Thank you for my healing, thank you for my healing”, and I always get better!!!
Needless to say there have been other areas in my life where the Secret has worked for me, but suffice to say that I know it works especially to your benefit if you keep an attitude of gratitude going!