22 Jun

Louise Hay is an inspirational/self-help author who wrote the bestselling book, You Can Heal Your Life.  Someone gave me a Louise Hay calendar for Christmas. It is one of those page a day calendars, so each day you tear off a page to reveal the message for the current day.

Louise Hay is a big believer in the power of positive affirmations. I don’t really disagree with her there. I think that positive thinking is a good thing. I don’t always practice it, but I’m not opposed to it or anything. Positive affirmations are statements like, “I have the power to achieve my goals” and “I am healthy and happy.”

If you remember Stu Smalley from Saturday Night Live, you no doubt remember his famous affirmation, “I’m good enough. I’m smart enough and doggone it, people like me!” That affirmation clearly worked since Stu Smalley is now a United States Senator.

My Louise Hay calendar is on my desk at work. This means I miss the wisdom for the weekend until I come in on Monday. Then I pull off Friday’s page and stop and review the affirmations for Saturday and Sunday before ripping into Monday. Each work day, I come in and tear off the page from the day before:

“This is the best decade of my life so far.” I really liked that one, so I taped it up next to the phone.

“My office is a sacred haven. I treat my work environment with respect and love.” I’ve always heard if you hear an affirmation that gives you pause, that’s a sign you should work with it a while. This whole office as sacred haven thing….not so sure. So, I taped that one up by phone too. Now whenever someone comes to my office to complain about their job and I am feeling an itch to throw the stapler at the wall just next to their head while giving them my best Cher in Moonstruck, “Snap out of it!” I just look over at Louise’s soothing message…and I recognize that throwing a stapler is not in alignment with treating my work environment with respect and love. So I just push the stapler away and keep listening and just mutter under my breath, “no stapler throwing…”

See, affirmations work!

Louise Hay puts out more than one calendar each year. I think the one I have is called the Louise Hay, I Can Do It calendar. But she also publishes a You Can Heal Your Life calendar, The Present Moment calendar, and the Colors and Numbers: Your Personal Guide to Positive Vibrations in Daily Life calendar. If you figure each one of these calendars has 365 individual daily messages and you multiply that by the number of years Louise has been putting out calendars, you know that Louise has had to come up with a lot of affirmations. So it is no surprise that some affirmations are better than others. If it were me writing that calendar, I’d do OK for about the first week, then I’d be all, “what the hell am I going to write for January 8th? What did I put on the 7th? Can I just substitute “prosperous” for “happy” and call it a day?!”

So I get that Louise has a tough job. Still, some days I pull off the page from the day before, making sure to breathe in positive energy and open my heart to the wisdom before me as I read….WTF? What is this? I guess Louise just wasn’t feeling it when she got to April…

The affirmation that has given me the biggest pause (and therefore I have taped it up by my phone so I can continue to “work with it”) was this one:

I chose to come to this planet, and I am delighted to be here.

Say what?

You mean to tell me, I had a choice of planets? I could have been born on Krypton or Tatooine and I picked this place?! How much time was I given to consider this choice? Did I have all of the information? Did I pick from a catalog or were there some kind of travel brochures I got to thumb through?

OK, clearly I chose this planet or I wouldn’t be here, so there is no point quibbling about that part of the affirmation. Breath deep. Accepting breath…and let’s move on to the next part of the affirmation.

I chose to come to this planet (Um, OK)…

…And I am delighted to be here.

Oh, I am not! I mean, I’m glad I’m not on Mars or Venus–bad weather, nothing to do there. So, yea, Earth! But delighted? Delighted? Me?

I don’t think I have ever been what you would call “delighted” in, like, ever. I don’t do delighted.

Apparently Louise thinks I should.

So, I’m working on it.

I can’t wait to see what wisdom Louise has to share with me today.

Having a swell time on planet Earth and digging deep for my inner delight…

Have a delightful Wednesday.

One Response to “Affirmations”

  1. That Weather Girl June 22, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    OK, what you need is a day like I had yesterday. I swam with a manatee yesterday morning, and although it was somewhat scary (more on that via phone call), it was so thrilling that words can’t describe it. I was, during those moments, absolutely delighted to be on this planet!

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