Watch What You Ask For

  • A few months ago I married the most amazing man, Darryl. He’s a pilot who travels and is home for a week, then gone for a week. Flying is his passion and he loves what he does. I fully support his flying and the time that it takes him away from “us”, but at the same time, I miss him. Because Darryl travels and I can work from anywhere, we’ve been spending time in Anacortes, WA, house sitting for a good friend while he’s out sailing.

    Just last week Darryl and I were talking with his mother about having her bad knee looked at, and scheduled an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon for her to explore her options for repair. My husband shared with me that he’d had knee problems in the past, but stated rather proudly that he hadn’t had a problem with his knee in about 15 years.

    We all know about the Law of Attraction, and getting what you focus on in your life, whether you want it or not, right? Well, recently I’ve been focusing on how much I enjoy Darryl and want to spend more time with him. I even told him I wished he would be home for a few weeks to enjoy our time in the Pacific Northwest.

    Just this past week, while stepping up onto a wet deck, he slipped and tore his ACL in his left knee. The bad news is this is very painful and prevents him from flying for a few weeks until the knee heals. The good news is, I get to spend more time with him, as he can’t go to work. However, this isn’t what I would have consciously chosen! I almost felt like his accident was my fault because it was an answer to my desire, even though I knew it wasn’t what I had in mind. I was thinking about more time with Darryl, and I got it. I think my error was in not being specific enough in focusing on exactly what I wanted.

    It makes me wonder, how many times in life do we focus on what we want but ignore some of the critical details? Where else could a small tweak in my vision and desires have a significant improvement in the quality of my experience? You can bet I’m being more careful in what I’m asking for and more specific in the details. I believe that I’d better “watch what I ask for”, as this Law of Attraction thing really works.

    Gail Lynne Goodwin

    Gail Lynne Goodwin is the founder of, bringing the best inspiration to the world. provides free inspiration, each day from a new Inspirational Luminary, to a global community of folks from over 150 countries. Gail has interviewed many well-known names including Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Tony Hseih, Gary Vaynerchuk, Michael Gerber, Marci Shimoff, Jack Canfield and hundreds more. According to Mashable, Gail was one of 2009's Top 25 Most Inspirational People on Twitter. Prior to, Gail spent several years as manager for her recording artist daughter, Carly. As a result of the success of their co-penned song, "Baby Come Back Home", Gail accompanied her daughter to bases in the US and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Carly performed for our troops. Gail and Carly created the 'World's Longest Letter' of love and support and delivered the 18-mile long scroll on a month-long tour of Iraq and the Persian Gulf in 2006. Gail is excited to present her latest course, Love in 21 Days, a step-by-step guide to finding love online. Love in 21 Days is founded on a logical process that has been tested - and proven! - by not only Gail, but also by students around the world who too have found love. Gail is a published author and a regular writer for the Huffington Post. She offers mentoring and mastermind services to clients worldwide from her home in Whitefish, Montana. Follow Gail on Twitter or Google+.

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