By Alisa Hancock
The Law of Rhythm states that nature’s movements are cyclical. There is repetition in everything.
When things are not going well for you and you are on a down swing, do not feel bad. Know the swing will change and things will get better. There are good times coming. As we think of the good times that are coming, our faith increases as we prepare for the good times ahead!
On October 29, 1929 the stock market crashed and the United States entered into The Great Depression. Times were worse than most Americans would have ever imagined. And now, many years later, the descendants of those very people who struggled so much financially during the depression, now enjoy more wealth and prosperity than anyone in 1929 could have ever imagined. Now there is speculation about the United States going into a recession. What a great opportunity to exercise and increase our faith as we prepare for the great times ahead!
A couple of years ago my husband and I really wanted to attend a seminar on the Science of Getting Rich, taught by Leslie Householder, that we knew would be life-changing for us. We had recently spent a lot of money getting both cars fixed, as well as a few other unexpected expenses which left our savings account fairly depleted. Financially, we were lower than we had been in a long time.
Knowing this seminar would be life-changing for us, we went forward in faith believing the money would come for us to attend the seminar. We signed up and paid for the seminar, fully expecting the payment to come from somewhere. When my husband did our tax return, there was a transaction missing from his earlier estimates which resulted in us getting a tax refund for the amount of the seminar cost!
As a result of attending the seminar, we decided to move back to Texas. Within two months my husband had two job offers — for 20% more than he was currently making, with 20-40% annual bonus, stock options, profit sharing, and complete relocation packages. Including the relocation package, we easily doubled our income that next year.
If I knew then what I know now, I never would have hesitated to pay that seminar fee! Now when we are at a financial low, we expect more money to come. The best part is that what used to be our financial highs are now our financial lows!
We want to be sure we don’t use the Law of Rhythm against us. When we are experiencing financial success, we definitely should not be expecting the lows to come. Instead, we should progress forward so that our current financial highs will become our future financial lows.
Right after we had our first baby, I quit my job to stay home. We were living as frugally as possible, and we were still spending more than my husband’s income. We were at our all-time financial low, and we just wanted to break even (that would be our new financial high). As we progressed, we started breaking even (our old high, but our new low), and now we wanted a little extra money (our new high). Once we had some extra money (our new low), we wanted to make enough money to cover some of our wants as well as our needs (our new high). And so the process continues to evolve; we set a goal for a new high and when we reach it, the high becomes our new low and we look forward to a new high. We should always be grateful for what we have, but at the same time we should always be progressing forward, setting and reaching new and higher goals.
We can learn and grow through struggle, or we can learn and grow through joy. When we don’t understand the universal laws, we usually wait until we hit our rock bottom and then we struggle our way through it. We still learn and grow, but it can be a painful and long, drawn-out process full of fear, struggle and desperation.
When we are conscious of the laws and living them, bad things still happen. Cars still break down, and there are still unexpected medical expenses. But when we know and understand the Law of Rhythm, we know the bad times won’t last and that better times are around the corner! That very expectation fills us with joy, faith, and gratitude and actually helps to speed up the process and help the better times come faster!