Okay, so I’m clueless about the latest trends. I’m always way behind the curve. By the time I find out about “what’s hot” it’s not. By accident I stumbled on the latest hot button issue, “The Secret”. This movie supposedly unlocks the key to having everything you ever wanted, abundance beyond your wildest dreams. The trailer for this movie is so mesmerizing. The woman keeps whispering, “The Secret, The Secret” as part of the background sound effects. Now who doesn’t want in on a juicy secret? So this movie has been a hit. Just go to Amazon.com and see over one hundred comments, pro and con, about The Secret. Some of them on both sides are quite entertaining. I was hooked.
Now the good news is you don’t have to spend $30 to find out “The Secret” (sorry if you already have). I spent my own $5 to watch the movie online just so I could find out for myself what all the hoopla is about. Then I hit on it, I’m going to tell you all “The Secret”. Ready? Buckle your seatbelt for the wild ride- the secret is if you think it you can achieve it! Okay, ride over. Please watch your step as you exit. Satisfied? I see you shaking your head. Well no refunds, sorry.
Seriously, I was entertained by the movie. It was visually appealing, intriguing and had some cool background music. Yet I’m not all bent out of shape like a lot of people though I definitely see why some of us Christians are so upset. You see, some of the experts say things like “Just visualize what you want and it will happen” (only one expert said you have to take action to make what you want become real), or “Our thoughts created the universe, you are God!”. Uh, no. God is God and He created the universe. Any questions? Good.
I do agree with some of the statements. For example it’s true that you can’t change other people, all you can change is how you react to them and your attitude. I agree that you must have faith and put your faith into action. We all make choices and we can choose to put energy into the negative or the positive, yet happiness comes from putting energy into the positives in life. I do believe in the power of our thoughts and that these thoughts can be changed in a way that changes how we feel and act. As a therapist this is what I do for a living! But, and this is a big BUT, I believe that God has his own plan and sometimes what we want is not his plan for us. So you can think until you get dizzy and pass out, if He says it ain’t goin’ to happen, sugar, it ain’t goin’ to happen. Period. This is His world, He’s just letting us live in it! Now here is more good news- most of the time our little minds get stuck on “Woe is me, God didn’t give me what I asked for”. But we have lots of blessings if we just open our eyes. Here’s “The Secret”, you are already Blessed! The trick is to recognize and see the blessings you already have. Too many times we’re so focused on what we want that we don’t enjoy what we have. I’ve done that, spent so much energy feeling sad because I didn’t get this or that when I’m sitting in the middle of abundance and don’t really “see” it. You have to see it with your heart and soul, not just your eyes. You need to feel it.
I’ve been disappointed and shed tears over what I didn’t have. That’s human. But I have also sent up “Thank you” prayers to God for not giving me certain things that I wanted, asked for, yearned for. Not everything you want is what you need or even should have. It’s about His wisdom, not yours. One of my favorite jokes goes like this, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans” 🙂
Final good news reminder- you are Blessed right where you are.
Okay, okay you want to know more about Oprah’s big deal. Here it is The Secret (movie trailer) The official website is here The Secret website Now excuse me I’ve got to go think up more money to pay some bills (hey, I’m a work in progress!)