I finished listening to Make Miracles in 40 Days: Turning What You Have into What You Want by Melody Beattie yesterday. I’ve had it in the queue for a bit but keep avoiding it. I’ve had tons of excuses not to listen to it…I’m not in the mood, I really want to listen to this other audiobook, I don’t want it to make me cry and it probably will, etc. I finally faced my excuses and I’m glad I did.
In the book, Melody talks about being grateful for even the bad that happens in life. Not the traumas. Traumas have to be recognized for what they are and the feelings that go with them honored, but she also points out that there is the need to find the parts you find solace in. For example, Melody’s son died in a skiing accident. She will never be grateful for that, but she is grateful for the love she has for him, the time she had, the experience of his soul.
The process Melody talks about and explains in the book is somewhat like a gratitude list that you do every morning, within the first half hour of waking up. I’m not sure I could adequately explain the process, but that is probably because I am over complicating it. She has added some examples at the end of the book. It really is more than a gratitude list, and she warns that the process will make you laugh sometimes and make you cry sometimes. These are good things, she says, because, when that happens, it means you have really come to the heart of it, whatever it is, with complete honesty.
I haven’t started this, yet, though. I want to listen to the examples, again. Like I said, I’m over complicating this extremely simple process. Since I am an over-thinker, it’s no surprise I’m needing to listen to the examples again before starting. I want to get this right so I can reap the biggest benefit from it. I could use a few miracles in my life and being a part of making them happen really appeals to me. Besides, the process sounds very therapeutic to me and that alone is a miracle in the waiting.