Today, I was in Des Moines and wandered for a bit in Jordan Creek Mall. While I was there, I came upon a little box. I knew that I needed to purchase this for my daughter. The top simply said, “Wishes Box.” When the lid was opened, it revealed a message, “Encourage yourself for your journey to be the best version of you. Write down your goals, dreams & wishes. Read them back, remind yourself of what you want & who you want to be.”
When I presented this to my daughter after I returned this afternoon, she said, “This is what you have always told us, Mom! Write down your dreams!”
This is a lesson I learned long ago, before books such as “The Secret” were published.
When I was young, my mom taught me the value in writing down my hopes and aspirations. She told me that if I wrote down the things that I desired, God would answer my requests. So, I would take a sheet of paper and write down various goals and put the list in my Bible. I would often forget I had put this list in my Bible or its cover. When I would stumble upon it later, my wishes would have all come true.
Now my wishes were not things such as “win a million dollars” or “discover a cure for cancer.” They were personal goals or types of people I wanted to come into my life. Although truthfully, there really are no restrictions one has to put on a “Wish List.”
This not so small lesson that my mom taught me is one that I have passed on to my children. Truthfully, I don’t know why these things come to fruition. I do believe that when you put your feelings and requests into writing, there within lies a power. It may be that now that the universe knows your request, it chooses to answer you. Maybe it’s because now that you are aware of your goals, you personally work harder with focus. It could be purely God’s almighty power granting your wishes. It could be a combination of all of thee above. I just know that this absolutely works and is true.
Years ago, when I ran my Longaberger business, I deliberately wrote down my goals at the beginning of each year. Without fail, I would achieve them. When I started my photography business, I wrote down every aspect that I wanted to incorporate into my studio. Once again, every year I achieved these goals.
I have now witnessed my children incorporate this principal into their own lives. They would volunteer that they had written down their goals or I would ask them if they had a chance, yet, to make their “List.”
Now, as powerful as I know this is, I haven’t written down my personal goals in a couple of years. After my former experiences, it’s silly, right? Truth? I’m not really sure what my goals are right now and I haven’t wanted to take the time to really, REALLY, think about what I want. That takes personal insight. I’m getting closer to knowing what I want to do… I will take the time to really assess what I want when my kids go to college this fall.
I do know what I want for my children, though. Go figure…. 🙂 I want them to achieve their personal goals (their list is private), whatever those goals may be. I want them to attract beautiful spirits into their lives. I want them to find meaningful love and to always be surrounded by family and friends who have their best interests at heart. I want them to be healthy and happy. The list isn’t long, but it contains the meaty, important things.
My personal list?…. It’s coming….