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Law of Attraction and Errant Tomato Plants

October 10, 2013 | By | Reply More

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There IS a tomato plant in there

Whether or not you believe in the Law of Attraction, the belief that your thoughts control your world, I have seen it at work in my life for years in everything from my marriage, my home, my career (be careful what you wish for!) and the people surrounding me.

Now that I’m more aware of the Law of Attraction, I try to harness it to bring even more positive change in my life. And, I love to have reinforcement that it’s working. Proof is even better, and that’s why I was soooo excited to read E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout.

I brought the book with me on a recent business trip and hurried to my hotel room after a day at the office to start reading. It’s an engaging read, and I couldn’t wait to see the Law of Attraction at work in the form of unexpected checks in the mail, dramatically increased traffic to my blog, opportunities of a lifetime, surprise vacations and the like.

Show me a sign

The first exercise was about asking the universe for a sign, a blessing of sorts that would prove that the universe is ready and willing to deliver once your clear intentions are out there. There was even a time limit of 48 hours! That meant that sometime during my miserable week away from home, there would be a fabulous sign that would tell me that all would be OK. I put the intention out there, called Mr. President to tell him about it, smiled contentedly and feel asleep knowing that this would be a week to remember!

Law of AttractionOver the next two days, I looked and looked. No sign, no blessing, no winning lottery tickets or calls about doing interviews on TV. Not even anything! I knew it: the only thing this book would prove is that I am defective. Maybe my positive thoughts aren’t as strong as my negative thoughts. I’m doing it wrong and need to practice more. During the week, I read a little more of the book and took the advice of others, including a reassuring tweet from Ms. Grout herself, who told me to stop trying so damn hard and to just have fun with the process. So, I forgot all about it.

Last weekend, Rob sauntered into the living room with a smug look on his face and said, “You know that sign you were looking for? Well, you got the sign, you just didn’t notice it.” I won’t bore you with the childish negotiations and playful banter that got him to reveal it, but here’s what he was thinking about: the tomato plant.

The tomato plant with a will to live

To say that the front yard of our new home is a mess is an understatement. It’s a disaster with all the weeds that are now topping out at more than six feet tall. There are days I feel like I need a machete to chop a path through all of them to even get to the driveway. But, after all the work needed inside the house this year when we moved in, I decided that the yard overhaul would have to wait.

Recently, while walking through a narrow cleared path in our front yard, I spotted a familiar looking plant. There, out of the weeds, I saw a robust looking tomato plant growing and thriving – the kind of tomato plant that I see in my dreams and the kind I have longed to grow in my own garden. Our front yard is shady and I have never watered that part of the yard.But, despite all of that, the plant has a few impressive clusters of little yellow flowers along the vine. When I bent down to investigate, I saw it was only the beginning as I traced the path of the main stem back a good three feet to its origin in the ground.

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Future tomatoes?

At the time I thought, “Well, that’s a little strange.” My own tomato plants in the pots on my deck this year failed once again to produce, and again, I had a bad case of tomato envy. If they’re so easy to grow, why can’t I, an experienced gardener, grow them? Given how much tomatoes and tomato plants are on my mind, I couldn’t argue with The Prez. I agree that the errant tomato plant was indeed that unmistakable sign I so desperately wanted.

Pam Grout begins her book by telling the story of a night spent sleeping in a cold cabin snuggled up for warmth with a cute surfer only to discover in the morning that there was a kerosene heater sitting right there in the room. They just didn’t see it in the dark and so they didn’t turn it on. In the end, I learned that I don’t need further proof that the Law of Attraction works, but what I got is proof that blessings aren’t always what you expect. I also know that my own figurative kerosene heater works just fine.

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