It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen. – Muhammad Ali
On the first night of our San Diego vacation, we got to enjoy a game between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Once the game started, during the field changes and between innings, we started seeing the cameras focus on people in the crowd, some of whom were engaging in silly actions and some that were completely oblivious to the cameras. While we were enjoying this people watching, my daughter, Aurora, decided that she was going to get on the big screen somehow or another. I was trying not to be a naysayer, but I also didn’t want her to be disappointed if it didn’t happen, so I was tentatively encouraging. I said that it would be awesome if she did get up there, but with the large number of people at the game, it might not happen.
This didn’t discourage her a bit. She said, as if it were fact, “Mom, I just know that something good is going to happen for me at the game tonight.” Somehow that darned camera kept panning over what seemed like everyone else but her. Still she remained optimistic. When the Padres mascot came out on the field during a time out for switching pitchers, he had a handful of little soft souvenir baseballs with the Padres logo on them. I saw her eyes light up and she immediately jumped up and started waving her arms in the air. Lo and behold, one of the little souvenir balls headed toward our section and was heading a bit to the left of where she was standing. I held my breath, hoping that she wouldn’t be too disappointed when she didn’t get it, and then a hand reached out and grabbed the ball out of the air. No, it wasn’t Aurora’s, but it was my boyfriend Todd’s. No sooner had he made the miraculous catch than he handed the ball to Aurora. I could almost feel the beams of happiness shooting out of her! 🙂
She held the ball up, looked at me and said, “I told you, Mom! I knew something good was going to happen!”. While she didn’t get her face on the big screen, she got something even better, an awesome souvenir and the belief that good things will keep coming her way! I guess we all sometimes need a lesson in believing and in affirmation. It might not be what we anticipate, but if we keep our mindset open to positive possibilities, they will come, just not always from the direction we thought.
“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of travelling.” ~Margaret Lee Runbeck
May today bring good things and happiness your way!