“The seeds we sow today will grow to serve
as shades for weary travelers tomorrow.” ―- Nike Thaddeus
Regardless of how much I believe in what I share with others life sends me day to day challenges that stir up self-doubt. There are days when any positive experience eludes me. It seems that my nonfiction stories have been the most successful in attracting followers to my blog. These past successes and those that are currently occurring support my life of abundance. The key lesson I learned this week is to continue to plant seeds of intentions by setting goals and watering them even when there is a drought happening in my life.
Last week our social retirement group met for our monthly meeting. Motived by a success going back to 1975 of recruiting 1000 couples to experience a Marriage Encounter in New Orleans, I told the group of 13 couples that my wife and I are planning a Marriage Celebration for next year to celebrate 1000 years of marriage. Putting out this kind of intention to friends did feel a little risky. It would be successful ONLY if the group joined in the effort.
In a notebook I wrote on the top of the page “Couples Participating in 1000 years of Marriage Celebration.” I wrote the numbers 1 to 25 in the margin so I could fill in the names and years of marriage for each couple that would reply to our invitation.
My wife and I wrote a letter to the group giving them details about the proposed event. Putting the intention in writing transformed random thoughts into an official commitment to make it happen.
I then posted the letter on our Dream Board that has several pictures and intentions of the things we want to manifest.
Five days after making the announcement we received a reply from 21 enthusiastic couples who will celebrate a total of 1016 years of marriage. The four spaces still open in the notebook will definitely get filled. Now we have the possibility of increasing the total number of years of marriage to celebrate to 1,300 years.
In addition to surpassing the goal the event has stirred a lot of excitement within the group of participants. One couple offered to contact the local television station to have them cover the event. Another couple composed a letter to a priest asking him to be the celebrant at the Mass. They will also contact the editor of the newspaper to cover the story. Another has offered to assist in finding a restaurant to host a luncheon to conclude our celebration.
This is an absolutely amazing success story to support the value of using the tools I recommend in creating the life of your dreams.