“What power is this. I can’t say. I just know that it’s there.”–Alexander Graham Bell
I have a magical inbox. It delivers miracle stories from readers of my books. Anytime I need a boost, l simply open my email and voila! an inspiring new story shows up. Lately, these stories often include pictures of 222.
It’s kinda amazing how creative Taz gets in communicating through all of you—bologna biscuits? Yesterday, for example, a reader who works in a bookstore said she was thinking of me when a customer named Tamsin signed up for a loyalty card and got the digital security code—222. She thanked me for reminding her of the beauty, magic and love that always surrounds us when we’re open to it.
Ashley wrote to tell me that, after taking her real estate exam and missing it twice, she started doing the exercises in E-Squared, going so far as to write her requests on a cocktail napkin. Not only did she get an unexpected check in the mail (she says it blew her away), but she passed the once-elusive exam with flying colors and has gone on to be quite successful in real estate.
As she says, “I have shared your book with 20 people so far because it has changed my life. To know we have the power to change our lives by simply changing our mindset is a game changer.”
This next story is particularly poignant because is demonstrates that it’s not what happens to us that determines our happiness. It’s how we choose to approach what happens to us. Thank you, Mari, for sharing this inspiring story and for running Girl Wise, a leadership program for young girls, that according to Mari is now incorporating gratitude.
Take it away, Mari:
“First of all, your books have helped me change my entire life. I started with Thank & Grow Rich last year and have just finished up E-Squared and am almost finished with E Cubed.
“You have helped me enjoy life more and play more, something I thought I lost a few years back. Just yesterday I made grocery shopping into an excellent adventure starting with blasting music on my drive there. When stopped at a stop light, a man came up beside my car and started dancing to the beat on the street and I danced with him in my care smiling and laughing with each other. Connecting with other humans is truly one of the greatest joys.
“To give a little background, I am a rising junior at Bentley University originally from upstate New York. I grew up on a farm with a close-knit family including myself, my sister, and my parents.
“I just recently read Experiment #4 in E Cubed and related more than anything and wanted to share my family’s successes due to remaining positive and faithful. This was inspired by this line from your book: “Many things at face value look like difficulties end up being miracles in disguise. The cancer that we might believe isn’t fair can be a pathway to Truth. It can be a door to potent opportunities. We get to decide.”
“Last June, my dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma which in the past has had a 5% survival rate within the first year. While others not on the frequency may have cried and screamed at God, my family, a bunch of German “do-ers”, simply thought out an action plan. My dad was going to live and there was no question about it. The first step was making a treatment plan to fix the physical problem.
“At the same time, we fixed other things. We turned family dinners into important events. Instead of all coming home from work and doing our own thing, we would share our favorite SNL skits. We started watching “Grace and Frankie” together every day from 8-10.
“We started making regular dermatology check-ups, a step we all should have taken years ago. We adjusted our diets to decrease other health issues. Where I had previously been caught up in basking in the short-lived fun of college with all of my friends and sorority sisters, I was brought back to the importance of family and went home to visit my parents when I could during the year, something I never used to prioritize.
“Although my parents have always had a healthy marriage, they realized that they had been wasting so much time that they could be enjoying each other. They started walking the dog together instead of taking turns, and cooking dinner or going grocery shopping as a team instead of alternating turns.
“Now a year later, my dad quit his job of almost twenty years to live and have fun. My parents moved back to their hometown and are now constantly surrounded by friends and family taking day trips to breweries, checking out the best farm stands in the area, and spreading love and joy as much as they can.
“They have started to travel again starting with a Spring Break exploring the Southeast, and currently planning a summer trip to explore and hike the Pacific Northwest and a Thanksgiving trip to visit me in Dublin, Ireland while I am studying abroad.
“Cancer was our truth. Cancer was the life altering sign from the FP saying “What are you guys doing?! You could be having so much fun and loving others so much more!!”
“We have all shifted back to the love frequency appreciating each other, appreciating nature, and appreciating all of lives gifts from our beating heart to the ability to wiggle our toes. Life is good and love is good. I have lost the belief that bad things happen at all. I am welcoming of every gift I am about to receive and I am ready to give gifts back.
“So thank you from the core of my soul. You have enlightened me on the joys and gifts of life. You have helped me reap an abundance of treasures that I did not even know were out there.”
Thanks again, Mari, for the reminder.
Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.