My friend, Mona called the other day to say she was in town and would like to get together. Mona and I go back almost 30 years, when we helped each other nurse broken hearts and struggled to find our place in the world. When Norman and I moved to Westchester five years ago, I was comforted to know Mona lived nearby in New Rochelle. I had fantasies of us and frequenting garage sales and thrift shops to find a few rare treasures to compliment my 70 year old home. Of course life got in the way and we settled on getting together for birthdays, holidays and the occasional lunch. Fed up with the high cost of living in New York, Mona headed for the hills of Virginia last year. Always supportive of my efforts, I was delighted to think how proud she would be when I told her I was participating in the Avon Breast Cancer Walk. And then I remembered, Mona is a breast cancer survivor.
Since I signed up for the walk, I’ve been touched by the realization that many people I know and love have been affected by breast cancer. My Aunt Francis who will be celebrating her 98th birthday this Sunday had a bilateral mastectomy over 40 years ago. My friend, Catherine fought hard and won her battle against the illness. Anna, my husband’s cousin, wasn’t as lucky. It is a bittersweet experience to see the list of family members, friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and neighbors who’ve been personally affected by breast cancer expand with every dollar I raise.
The Law of Attraction says we manifest the results of our predominant thoughts, feelings, words, and actions. This certainly has been the case with my fund raising efforts. Yet, I can’t help wonder is it reasonable to expect as a person’s career goals become clearer that corresponding opportunities will present themselves? If it this is the case, why do many people avoid or procrastinate in taking steps to fulfill their dreams? What dream have you put on hold? Why have you left it on hold? What’s the first step to making your dreams happen? What benefits will begin to manifest themselves in your life when this happens?