Perseverance is not often associated with fun. More likely, it’s categorized with hard work in the face of challenge. Occasionally, I’ll meet someone who feels great esteem at their capacity to see a commitment through to completion no matter what the odds or obstacles. More often, I find others -and myself – saying, “Why do this when it’s taking so long or feels so hard? Why not find an easier path?
“Life is a journey,” many philosophers say, “It’s the process – not the destination – that defines who we are.” Is it of more value to make each step of the journey fun then? Or, can it be as rewarding to build the path as we travel it, cobblestone by cobblestone, creating a structure and form as we move through our days? And, is it possible to make building a road fun? (see The World Needs Dreamers That Do – Law of Attraction in Action)
In the teachings of the Law of Attraction, it would seem that finding the path of moment to moment to moment happiness should attract the fulfillment of all desires. If I am consistently happy, then I attract more and more experiences that enhance my happiness. It’s as simple as that. An irrefutable law. If I find my way to the happy side of the street (see Happy For No Reason – Law of Attraction in Action), then all my dreams should come true. Right?
Sometimes, we want something that doesn’t seem to come… no matter how good our attitude is. This is when the Law of Intention shows its power; the power of belief. The truth is: It’s not possible to stop wanting a desire fulfilled; the only thing to give up on is the belief it can happen.
For example, there’s me and my Life as a writer. I was that kid who carried a notebook with me everywhere I went, turning all my experiences into poems and songs and short stories. Yes, that was me at 10. At 12, my teacher was sending my short stories into national competitions, and I believed (and desired) with all my heart that I would grow up to be a successful author. Writing traveled with me through my 2 year stint as a street-kid and continued to be a source of comfort and esteem as I journal-ed and essayed my way back into mainstream society and a career as a Jungian Psychotherapist. No matter what the path I traveled, I wrote. I wasn’t always happy through those years, but I always ‘knew’ writing was my talent, and I would write a book ‘some day’.
And I did. And it was ‘almost’ published. And the disappointment I felt when the publishing contract fell through was enough to make me lose faith. Faith in my belief. People continued to urge me to write. If I had a dollar for every person who said, “Ahnalira, you should write a book.” during the years I didn’t believe I could, I would have a tidy sum for investment… But I gave up; it seemed too hard and the loss too great to bear again. I unplugged my intention.
Desire doesn’t die with the absence of intention; it simply loses the power source that fuels it. One day – it was inevitable – I remembered: I am a writer. And I started writing again. My intention to write, regardless of the result, became a path for me to build. Every time, I expressed the power of this intention – every time I wrote a page, I claimed, “I am a successful writer.” And I learned that perseverance is another way of saying, “I believe my desires do come true.”
Someday, all of these pages will be a book. This thought makes me very happy. The power of belief ignites the law of intention to fuel the law of attraction into form.
Whatever it is you really want, learn to find joy in perseverance. And, I promise you, you will know fulfillment in the process.
I love you. Thank you.