By Elizabeth Eckert | Submitted On March 01, 2009
Ask any manifestation coach to list the secrets of their success and one thing you’re sure to hear is the word “appreciation.” But why? When you’re seeking, searching, and digging for gold, what’s the point of distracting yourself with your present life? You’re looking for something better, right? Hmm.
Yes, it’s perhaps true that you are. And yet… How are you to appreciate the “forthcoming better thing” if you can’t fully appreciate what you have already? At any given moment, how do you really know the difference between the things that have nearly reached you, the things you’re clinging ever so tightly to, and the things that are about to leave? And where does that teeny little thread of a line between appreciation and affirmation really fall?
Oh, it can get so muddled!
Here’s the thing. You exist here, now. Somehow, events have transpired to insure your survival. Most of us would agree that the mere fact that you exist is something to be celebrated! After all, isn’t self-preservation one of our strongest instincts as humans? Of course we understand all this.
And yet, we strive for more. It’s natural. It’s part of being human. In fact the word “vitality,” the particular essence that distinguishes a living being from an inanimate object, also implies growth. “Vital” means “life” and life means growth. It is our nature to evolve.
Yet there are questions.
If we are moving into something new, does that automatically make the thing we are moving out of wrong? Sometimes it seems that it does, and here’s the catch in the plan.
- You enter a relationship with someone wonderful. Time passes. Things change. You move on to another relationship. Was your previous partner bad?
- You land a great job. Time passes. You outgrow it. Now the job is less satisfying. It doesn’t quite fit. You start putting feelers out for something else. Was accepting that job in the first place a mistake?
- You assume a volunteer commitment. You meet some fabulous people and do great things for your community. Eventually, the responsibility starts to feel like a weight on your shoulders. You realize that it’s time to let someone else carry on for a while. Was the organization wrong to allow you to serve? Were you wrong to accept the commitment? Is the organization necessarily mis-managed?
No, no, and no. Your partner is a lovely person. That’s why you hooked up in the first place. Your job was perfect at the time you accepted it. And look at the good your work did for the community. Time passed and you grew. One of the greatest favors you can do yourself at the time of a major transition is to fully appreciate value and joy of the experience you’ve had. There is no rule that says you must hate something in order to grow beyond its boundaries.
In fact, appreciating the value of all your life experiences makes for smooth transitions. No bad vibes or past regrets. No blame. No reason to hold your energy and vitality back from the next experience, for fear of making a crucial mistake. There was no mistake — just growth and a gentle nudge down the next tributary.
And that’s exactly where the affirmation part comes in. There you were. Here you are. Who knows where you are headed?
Well, you do have some measure of influence over the vast unknown of that question. Admittedly there will always be unseen elements. Yet appreciation of the small advances you see in the direction you’d like to go combined with affirmation of your full-color vision will certainly help you chart a course in your desired direction.
Appreciation of where you’ve come from and what you have now. Affirmation of the direction in which you’re headed. They’re two ends of the same trail, separated only by a short bit of time.
Elizabeth Eckert coaxes, cajoles, and gently guides the creation of healing intent. She’s the founder of http://www.wordcures.com and author of Word Cures: How to Keep Stupid Excuses From Sabotaging Your Health. Align your whole self for health … starting today! Share “Arielle’s” real-life success story and optimize your own natural healing energy.
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