The power of helping others believe
As I watched the Oprah show about The Secret, I thought to myself, I have to get this video. I purchased the DVD online and waited in anticipation for it to arrive. The day I received the DVD I immediately began watching it. A few minutes into the movie my son, 17 at the time, sat down and started watching it with me. We were both impressed and moved by the message.
Im so grateful for that moment in time, and how he just happened to walk in the room and sit down with me. You see, he was struggling in school and had already failed a few classes. We moved him to a new school that had fewer students so he could get a little more attention. He failed a few more classes. He had to take on extra classes in his last semester to still graduate on time. One of his classes was a self-paced English class. The main project was to write a 10-page research paper, not his most favorite activity. He recalled the DVD The Secret and wanted to write a report about how positive thinking could bring about change.
So over the next few weeks I heard him forwarding and reversing through the DVD, getting supporting statements from the various speakers for his research. The both of us must have heard those stories about a hundred times in those weeks, and I decided to try this theory for myself.
I purchased his cap and gown for his graduation the following weekend, and hung it in the dining room. Every time I passed by that cap and gown I would visualize just how proud I would feel when he walked down the aisle to receive his diploma. I would even make comments to him when we would both be in the dining room, like Im so excited that you’re graduating, or You are going to look so handsome walking down the aisle in this. I was making sure that not only myself, but he too could visualize his success. Although, as I think back, I think he knew what I was up to.
In his last semester, not only did he manage to finish all the required credits to graduate on time, but also it was the first time he ever made honor roll. It was so moving to see the look of pride on his face as he held up his diploma, looked for me in the crowd and gave me a smile.