As I motioned to my class to gather around me in our room at the El Camino YMCA, fifteen tiny dancers in fluffy pink tutus huddled into a tight circle. â€œOkay, girls,â€ I said happily. â€œI have a secret to tell you!â€ Gluing their little four- and five-year-old shoulders side by side, faces brightly smiling, they waited in anticipation for my top-secret announcement. Usually my proclamations come with a sucker or some other treat for a job well done. But todayâ€™s surprise, in my opinion, was extra special.
â€œWhatâ€™s the secret?â€ I heard in unison, their precious faces close to mine. But just as I was about to unveil my news, one little munchkin by the name of Bebe, with her all-knowing eyes, jumped up and down and shouted, â€œI know what it is!â€
â€œYou do?â€ I giggled. I was sure she had no clue, for secrets are always my forte.
â€œYep!â€ she beamed, her nose now against mine. â€œThe secret is you love us!â€
For a moment, the room stood still, and my heart began to swell. The innocence of her insight was not only precious, but she was spot on with what I was about to say.
â€œYouâ€™re right!â€ I shouted, patting her cheek. â€œThatâ€™s the secret! I love all of you! And donâ€™t you ever forget it.â€
As the joy only children find in the simplest of moments grew, they gathered even closer for a group hug before running off to their mommies waiting to take them home. And I was left with a precious memory to warm my soul.
Long ago, I read the book The Secret, which is based on the idea that abundance arrives from the law of attractionâ€”what we think, we attract. Our minds are magnets for all that is good and all thatâ€™s bad. Looking for ways to appreciate the gifts that come with each day, Iâ€™ve read everything on this subject to keep me on the path to my lifeâ€™s riches. But in that moment of pure childish innocence, I realized I just discovered the foundation for the true law of attraction.
While itâ€™s nice to think we can control the outcome of our lives with just our minds, the reality is our poor little brains get sidetracked with fear, expectation, and disappointment. Staying positive is a beautiful concept, but it can also be exhausting when the return appears to take forever. There will always be pain, sorrow, and dark days. It’s just how life goes. When we fall down that rabbit hole of woe-is-me, remaining optimistic feels like a losing battle, and negativity creeps back in discoloring everything, even the possible good.
Gathering angel Bebe into my arms to congratulate her on knowing my secret, I saw that the abundance in my life might not come from my brain working overtime to stay positive, but from the life source beating withinâ€”my heart. When I become brave enough to give my love openly, without expectations, the return is always overwhelming because Iâ€™ve allowed myself to communicate on the most intimate of levels.
Just after releasing the babies to their families, another whimsical cherub named Nora ran back with her four-year-old enthusiasm and whispered, â€œCan I tell Mommy the secret?â€ Cupping her sweet face into my hands, I kissed her cheek and answered, â€œYes, you can tell anyone you want. In fact, you can tell the world.â€ For love, in my opinion, is the key to true happiness, fulfillment, and ultimately abundance. When you love openly, your life canâ€™t help but flow positively, and that should never be kept a secret.