Right after the spa party, I felt soooo tired. Sure enough, that evening I came down with a bad case of cold, fever, sore throat, hacking cough, etc. It’s been nearly a week, and I’m just beginning to feel human again.
One of my girlfriends is also sick, and I think I got it from her. But, while lying there in agony, I couldn’t help thinking — I recently read The Secret, and its words came back to haunt me. It says I unwittingly attracted this illness. Hard to admit guilt, but looking back at the previous week, I’d have to say it’s true. I did attract this cold.
I’ve been substitute teaching more than usual lately, and having more than the usual trouble with students. Last Friday, I got so mad, I actually yelled at a student, “Get out of here!” Then I muttered under my breath, “Idiot!” and I’m sure other students heard. He stood in the hall and yelled, “YOU get out of here!”
Yikes! I can’t believe I did that. Not a very nurturing thing to do, but he was horrible. Then I went to two parties over the weekend (including preparing for my own), all the while thinking bad thoughts about how stressed I was. The spa party helped to relax me, but by then, the damage was done, and I came down sick.
This is controversial. One of the detractors’ complaints about The Secret is that it’s unfeeling to say that people who have cancer, accidents, etc. have attracted their suffering by the way they’ve been thinking. But in my particular case, it was true.
Now I have to think more positive thoughts. I hate it when one lazy student with a bad attitude has the power to hold a whole class hostage, spoiling things for everybody else. Nothing gets done as everybody’s attention is focused on him or her. However, for every horrible, disruptive student, there are 20 who are cooperative and polite. I must remember to focus on them and be grateful. Sometimes, it’s darn hard!
Do you believe we attract our suffering with our bad thinking?