A man called Clive wanted some goldfish in a large glass bowl for his living room and, as he had read a little about the power of the mind, started demanding a bowl of fish from the universe. A few days later a neighbour dropped in to see him carrying a plastic bowl with some fish he had caught that day. "Do you want some of these fish as I won't be able eat them all?" he asked. Another coincidence?
In a way both of these people got what they asked for. Okay it wasn't what they had in mind but whose fault was that?
As with everything we give out, eventually it arrives back either to smooth our path or slap us in the face. Words and what we say are important and it's not just a case of being negative or positive.
Florence Scovel-Shin in her book The Game of Life And How To Play It writes about how she saw some beautiful rose trees in the florists' windows and set about requesting one.
Easter came, and with it a perfect rose tree from a friend as a gift. She phoned to say thank you and told her that it was exactly what she wanted.
Her friend replied, "I didn't send you a rose tree, I sent you lilies!"
The man in the florist had mixed up the order and Florence writes, "He sent me a rose tree simply because I had started the law in action, and I had to have a rose tree."
She also concludes that, "When man can wish without worrying every desire will be instantly fulfilled."
It's why we have to be careful what we say on a regular basis. If, for instance, we keep saying something or other is a 'pain in the a***' it could well become one!
Parents sometimes don't choose their words wisely (unintentionally, of course). "Don't go out without a jacket, you'll catch a cold," or, "Be careful, you'll fall." Atishoo and ouch.
We are surrounded by influences from other people, the media, television and so on. I guess we have to try and make sure that our own words equate to exactly what we really want for ourselves and also what we want for our family, friends and the world in general.
I found this amusing. A friend told me about how his father had died and for some reason - when he was talking to his small children - he told them that granddad had gone to Devon (rhymes with Heaven and is the next county to where we live in Cornwall). No idea why he said this - but there we go.
Anyway, a few days later they had to go to the funeral several hundred miles away. Driving home afterwards he saw a county road sign and said casually to his wife, "We are in Devon now."
"Oh no," said his small daughter tearfully on hearing this, "Have we died?"
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