There once was a little girl with a wonderful imagination. She played in the woods and created her own world of magic and wonder. She loved stories and her mom read to her every night. When mom left the room she took out her flashlight and continued reading, never getting enough.
In school she spent a lot of time daydreaming and doodling. Her teachers constantly disciplined her for not paying attention. She was bright and a good student yet she didn’t fit in and she knew it. She was lucky. Her mom understood her and loved her unconditionally. She asked her mom, when she was a teenager, if she was weird. Her mom replied that this was a time for figuring everything out and finding what fits in your heart. What fit for her was writing. She dreamed of being a great writer.
She applied to the college of her dreams and she was not accepted. Mom’s response was “how could they not accept you! I have total faith in you and if you want to be a writer then become one.”
She took a lot of mediocre jobs that didn’t work out. One day, she was called into her bosses office. He had noticed she wasn’t really into her work and perhaps she should be doing something that made her happy. This was it. Her moment of truth. She could convince her boss that she really was happy with this job and stay put and collect her weekly paycheck or she could take the leap for that elusive thing called “happiness”. She had not been able to find the right story to write. But she made the choice to leave anyway.
The energy began to move immediately. It always does once we line it up correctly. She started having vivid dreams of characters and threads of a story. She starting paying attention to everything through a new filter. The focus that comes once we make the commitment to find our happiness.
Her mom was sick. One of their last conversations was her mom telling her: “I want you to be happy. Find that thing that completes and fulfills you and once you do, never let it go. You don’t know how long you will have it for”.
Time moved on. She was writing when she could. She fell in love and married the wrong guy and had a baby girl. Once she realized she had married the wrong guy she became a single mom. At this point her energy was no longer supporting her dream of writing. It took all her energy to survive and take care of her child. She needed help. She went on welfare and felt like a complete failure.
She loved her child fiercely. In this love she found her focus again. When she looked at her child she remembered being a child. Her mom had always believed in her and saved all the stories she had written as a little girl. She could not let her down. Once again she decided to reach for happiness.
She finished her manuscript and sent it out to many agents who rejected it. But she found the right one. Someone who saw something special in her story. He blended his energy and experience with her creation and you know what happened? MAGIC!
The writer? J.K. Rowling
The book? “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”
So the next time you decide you can’t do it- remember the little girl who could. The odds were stacked against her. Children’s books are not profitable. Single mom’s don’t have the time or stamina to write a best seller. Yet she had what she needed to be successful: a loving family, a great mind, imagination, a business partner who believed in her and the ability to line her energy up with her dreams.
JK Rowling went from being a welfare mom to becoming one of the wealthiest women in Great Britain in three years. Every 30 seconds someone in the world starts reading a Harry Potter book and it’s estimated that more than 400 million copies of her books have been sold worldwide.
The power of focused attention! The incredible pull towards happiness and fulfillment…
What do you dream of? Visualize it clearly in great detail. See it, hear it, feel it, use all your senses. Do you choose to have this? If so, say YES I CHOOSE THIS DREAM FOR ME. Breathe deeply in and out through your nose. Put the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth. Do this for at least one minute.
What have you done? You have told your unconscious mind that this is possible, you have seen it and you have lined up your energy to support it. A great first step! Ardis
great story and perspective
Yes! I want, choose and am ready to live my dream!
love this! thanks!
What an encouraging experience. Focus is so important.