Please Make All Complaints in the Form of a Compliment: Manifesting Greatness in 2018

I had an even longer title for this blog post that included manifesting happiness and success (perhaps happiness is success) in the new year. But let this already too long blog post title suffice for now. “Manifesting greatness in 2018” alone doesn’t quite do the trick.

First, another confession. Writing this blog is truly enjoyable. I research important topics in the fields of health and wellness and try to take the advice I glean from my research. Sometimes I am successful. I hope you Blossom Water fans are, too.

I have never really subscribed to the concept (I don’t think it is quite beefy enough to be a theory) of manifestation. It has always struck me as a little too passive, a little too new-agey, a little too tree-huggy, maybe even a little too Pollyanna-ish. I am made of stronger stuff. In my imagination, I am a hard-working, rugged individualist who eschews new-agey pop culture, self-help clichés. Instead, I work diligently, with focused effort and attention, to reach my long-held and cherished goals. Until recently.

Like most New England motorcycle enthusiasts, I am longing for spring and the advent of motorcycle season. Lately, I’ve been looking on Facebook at a page advertising a women’s motorcycle tour in Vermont. I love to ride, I love Vermont, I am a woman. Using algebra, this is a perfect fit for me. Before going to bed each night for about a week, I gazed at the images of strong women on their bikes riding though the countryside. I had the best dreams!

At the end of the week, I messaged the organization, “I look at your posts every night before going to bed and have the best dreams.” To my surprise and delight, the organization messaged me right back. “You’re great. You should sign up.” Without hesitation, I messaged back. “You should have a yoga program as part of this women’s ride.” (Besides writing and riding motorcycles, I also teach yoga.) The response was quick: “Call me.”

And so, I might be leading the yoga program for a women’s motorcycle tour in Vermont. It would be a dream come true. In my excitement about the yoga/moto possibility, I danced joyously around my desk. My delight was interrupted by a phone call. It was an offer of more writing work. (This is my “real job” and the work I love to do.) After that I wrote some pieces my clients really liked. The work that came to me in dribs and drabs was now streaming in.

Coincidence? I think not. It seems that Willie Nelson was right: “Once you start replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” Hell, I even bought a book by Brené Brown.

My life is no Johnny Mercer song, but accentuating the positive certainly beats the alternative. “Making complaints in the form of a compliment” is a funny sign I recently saw at the admin desk at the chiropractor’s office. It is a subtle and humorous form of manifestation. I like the idea so much, I started using it. You can, too.

You’ve got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between