Saturday, October 12, 2013

If Or When

I read somewhere about how you can manifest things in your life by saying things in either of two ways:

"If ___ happens then ____"...


or

"When ____ happens then ____"

The idea being that if you say "if" that you are not putting your full energy towards manifesting whatever that thing is in your life wherein when you say "when" then it's just a matter of time that it will come to you.

I got to thinking about that today and I wonder how that works when it comes to Thomas' illness. Here's the thing:

Schizophrenia is a chronic illness. It can get better for a while and get worse. The chances that Thomas (for example) will get worse in the coming years are pretty high. I have to wonder, then, when I speak of his future what should I be saying?

"If he gets sick"

or

"When he gets sick."

If we go with the "laws of attraction" then saying "when he gets sick" means that it will happen. Right? And if this is the case, then I really need to be watching how I talk. Admittedly I've been prone to a little "magical thinking" in my life so pondering whether I should say "if" or "when" when I talk about Thomas' future with schizophrenia is something to not take lightly.

My intuition tells me that we are always working with the "when's" as opposed to the "if's" when it comes to this illness. I guess I'm curious what your thoughts are on this. Do any of you talk about the "if's and/or when's" like I do? Has it ever crossed your mind about the differences between the two?

If you wouldn't mind, post your thoughts in the comments section and let me know how you see this. Is saying "when" dooming our loved ones to a terrible fate or is that just practical thinking?

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