Posted by : Sherri Cornelius Thursday, June 2, 2011

Three years ago I made a list of things I wanted, things I felt would make me a more fulfilled, whole person. I’m amazed at the number of things on this list that I actually did receive.

  1. Brand-new car—My Saturn’s not brand new, but a perfectly wonderful substitute

  2. Brand-new houseI no longer feel desperate for this like I used to.

  3. Happy relationshipwe’ve always had a rocky relationship, and I’m not seeing that change anytime soon.

  4. Nicer clothes—Somewhat, because I’m working at it

  5. off foodstamps—it was scary, but we are now government assistance-free

  6. good health—The health problems I had then are still with me, but I’m learning to manage them. Also, I’m working on solutions now.

  7. book publishedgrumble grumble

  8. BVA finished—Done!

  9. new recliner—Got one for my husband, and a futon for me.

  10. home repairs--That’s happening next week.

  11. bicycle—Got this before I had a car to take Maggie Rose to school

  12. tighter skinprobably wishful thinking, at my age. :)

  13. new laptop, lightweight, fast, pretty. Plenty of memory, comfy keyboard. Strong but light. GREAT BATTERY! –Got this one for Christmas last year

  14. cell phone—It’s been a life saver

  15. I want to feel free to be myself.—Might never stop working on this one, but I feel more myself than ever

  16. iPod—We have 3! Hand-me-downs from my mom, but perfectly usable.

That’s 12 out of 16! And while at the beginning, three years seems like forever, it’s really not long in the scheme of things. So maybe I need to make another list. It’ll be a lot shorter now that I’ve received so many of the things I needed. And you know what? There’s still time to receive the other things on my list.
Those things did enrich my life. They helped me feel more independent, more relevant, more connected—and most importantly they brought joy to me when I needed it.
Have you received anything you’ve asked for lately?

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  1. A short story has been published and I got a nice compliment from an agent--my characters were "laser perfect."

    Good for you for what you've gotten and how you've accepted or at least dealt with on some level what you haven't gotten. Impressive list of success though. And some of those things...does anyone ever get AND keep some of them?

  2. A 75% success rate is nothing to sneeze at! Congrats on that - it's a nice feeling, I know. :)

    The last 10 mos have been blessing upon blessing for me. It's been pretty amazing and gratifying. Mostly I just feel grateful. :)

  3. Super. I'm not all that new-agey, but I do believe in the law of attraction. Goodonya for asking for things you want and getting most of them. The real lesson, though, is in making peace with the ones like health and relationship and the house. That's personal growth, girlfriend!

  4. Yep, I'm a firm believer in working on being content with what you have. That's why I put the health in the "received" category, because success in that area for me is more about how I think about it. Most of these things, I didn't receive them the way I expected, but it didn't matter. And I probably won't get the happy relationship the way I expect. I feel this will be resolved soon, though.


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