My wife tells me it's called "the secret." You "put something out into the universe," and good things happen. I don't know if I buy the idea of "manifesting" what it is you want, but she might actually be onto something.
A few days back, when the Outdoor Blogger Network made its debut, the site owners announced a few give-aways. Enter your blog in the network, get an entry. Post about OBN on your blog win an entry. I perused the list of free stuff, and immediately was drawn to the William Joseph pack. I've tried a few different fly vest alternatives, but I almost always end up with my trusty Columbia vest stuck in the wader bag ready for action. The one thing I haven't tried is the chest pack.
So, in a comment to Rebecca and Joe, I said something like, "I really want the chest pack!"
Long story short, I got a note today from OBN... I'd won. And, in an odd turn of events, the chest pack was overlooked by the two winners drawn ahead of me (I was third). I took the chest pack.
The Secret? I might be coming around to manifesting what it is I want, after all.