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Each Day Your Life Begins,
Inspired by Lynn Grabhorn's New York Times Bestseller Excuse
Me Your Life Is Waiting
Mina Parker
Create the Life You Want
A Hampton Roads Collection
This ebook edition first published in 2012 by Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.
With offices at:
Charlottesville, VA 22906
www.redwheelweiser.com
Copyright © 2012 by Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
Originally published as (or excerpted from) Parker, Mina. 365 Excuse Me. San Francisco/Newburyport:
Red Wheel Weiser, 2009.
eISBN: 978-1-61940-057-3
Cover design by Jim Warner
Introduction
Lynn Grabhorn’s landmark book Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting appeared on
my doorstep one day, the gift of a friend of the family. I did not seek it out, I did not ask
for it, but my vibrations must have been sending out the message that I needed this book.
I picked it up not knowing what to expect. I had heard bits and pieces about the law of
attraction: the idea that like attracts like in all aspects of the universe and that we can
create our own destinies through acceptance and mastery of this concept. Some of this
seemed to resonate for me and some of it seemed completely bogus. So with curiosity,
excitement, and a degree of skepticism, I plunged in. Lynn’s voice rings from each
page—authentic, worldly, and wise—and I quickly found myself wrapped up in the start
of an amazing and challenging journey.
Soon after I opened Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting, stories started to pour into
my life—stories of people’s experiences with the law of attraction, whether they called it
that or not. Some were thrilled that something they’d been wanting, hoping, and working
for seemed to float into their lives on a cloud. Some were excited by the new directions
their lives had taken as a result of some unexpected stroke of luck. But a recurring theme
in many of the stories was the difficulty of living these principles day after day and
finding the inspiration to reclaim that initial spark when the going got rough.
The law is simple: like attracts like. There are many straightforward ways to put
the idea into practice. Sure, it all made sense while you were reading, and, yes, there were
initial leaps and bounds and many saw results right away. But then old habits would
resurface, sometimes in insidious ways. Lynn talks about finding ways to open our valve,
that inner part of us that flows energy freely or stops it up completely. People would
manage to pry it open a tiny bit and then after some success they would inexplicably
begin to clamp down, judge themselves, and shut the valve they had just managed access.
I wondered why. Shouldn’t this get easier as you go? If it’s really such a simple concept,
why is it so difficult to live by on a daily basis?
In my own experience, as I played around with some new ways of thinking and
feeling, several amazing things came down the pike—along with some miserable ones. I
thought, “This isn’t any better; it’s just a life pushed to the extreme and the end result is
about the same (or worse, given the exhaustion of going back and forth between good and
bad).” How was I going to find consistency and comfort in a whole new way of being?
I came up with the idea to make a book to help people, including myself, navigate
the slumps and pitfalls of the daily practice of living through the law of attraction. It is
essential to me (as it was for Lynn) to take all of this stuff with a grain of salt, to
continuously find the joy and the levity in this ongoing life adventure, and to lighten up
on and take care of ourselves. To me, the law of attraction is about finding and holding
on to the inspiration, passion, and connection to what you love that makes your life
meaningful. There are all sorts of ways to do this, and I mean really do this, but our old
habits and our fear will more often than not lead us to the least effective strategies. So
these 365 meditations are meant to serve as a guidebook, a source of inspiration and
encouragement throughout the year and again and again. The law of attraction is best
learned through practice, and 365 times seems like a pretty good way to do that.
When my life is going along at a happy clip, I now attribute it largely to the
fluidity and inspiration of the ideas in Lynn’s books, as well as a special rule that
correlates to the law of attraction. I call it the law of plenty. We operate on a model of
scarcity all too often, worrying about what will come next and how we will struggle to
get what we need. The law of plenty assures us that we already have anything we will
ever need. Everything we need is at our fingertips, and the law of attraction is the
information superhighway that brings it to us.
There is no concept more relevant to our lives than what Lynn calls the law of
attraction. It goes far beyond the immediate, self-gratifying milestones of unblocking
your energy and getting the stuff, jobs, and relationships that you want (though that’s
pretty great too!). This is about tapping into the energy that connects all of us, that
defines the goals and the wisdom and the trajectory of the human race.
We are disconnected from our deepest selves in our daily lives. We are steeped in
chaos and anxiety. It doesn’t have to be this way. This book brings together ancient
wisdom and new concepts in a way that applies to our hectic, overstuffed, frenetic lives—
lives in which we seem to be doing more than ever and getting less out of it all. The
principles laid out in Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting and The “Excuse Me, Your Life Is
Waiting” Playbook are explored in this collection, month by month. If followed in an
earnest and open way, these principles provide a complete reversal of what makes our
modern lives crazy without taking the drastic steps of moving off the grid and into the
hills to weave our own clothing and raise our own food (unless that is your lifelong
dream, in which case go for it). This is simple, revolutionary, and completely suited to
the lives we want to lead, the lives that will make us happy if we only let them.
Lynn dedicates her book to “every one of us who finally . . . maybe . . . possibly .
. . believes they have the right to perpetual happiness.” What is perpetual happiness?
How can I get a double order of it right away? Perpetual happiness doesn’t mean you’re
never going to be sad or upset or frustrated again. If that’s your goal, then you might
want to consider a vegetative state, though I wouldn’t recommend it. Perpetual happiness,
to me, can best be defined as embracing the big picture of what makes you feel good,
what feels important and vital to your concept of yourself in the world, and what
challenges and renews you on a regular basis. There are happy janitors and happy
bankers; it has been proven by scientists that one’s individual circumstances make almost
no difference. Through the daily meditations of this book, I hope you will find the
courage to embrace that belief and find the strength and inspiration to open up to the
possibility of that happiness saturating every part of your life.
I have picked up and used some of Lynn’s phrases that may be unfamiliar to you.
Even if you haven’t read her work, most of these simple concepts will become clear
through the meditations in this book. In addition to the inner “valve” I just mentioned,
she talks about “feeeeeling” and getting into a “feeeeeling place”—an alternate spelling
to convey emotion that is the result of wonderful, positive, focused energy. She writes
about “flip-switching,” which is a way she devised to turn off negative vibrations as you
would a light switch, which enables you to quickly move into a better state. She talks