Making Tracks

One Step at a Time

Gail Boenning
2 min readJan 14, 2018


Author’s Photo: Vernon Marsh, Wisconsin — If you look closely, you’ll find a deer track near the top, slightly left of center. Directly above it, Mara added her paw print.

Walking through snow, there’s no way to avoid leaving tracks — evidence that you’ve passed this way or that. Our lives all leave marks on this world. Some leave legacies of fame and fortune. Others leave a trail of harm and destruction. Most of us leave a whisper of our existence through bits of grace, kindness and the love we’ve shown to others. Believe it or not, we’re all pretty powerful, shaping the environment and world around us.

Have you ever heard about the Law of Attraction? Where attention goes, energy flows?

Earlier this week, I wrote a story about my evolution as a wordsmith. In it, I used Donny and Marie Osmond as a reference. Wouldn’t you know Marie Osmond started popping up everywhere? She was on YouTube, the radio, TV, and even a piece of junk mail in my mailbox.

Okay — this could be a case of what came first, the chicken or the egg. Maybe I’d been unconsciously absorbing Marie’s advertisements prior to writing my story. Here’s the thing though — I let her in. Either way — egg or chicken — I gave her my attention.

I invited her in.

I’ve heard about the Law of Attraction repeatedly. I’ve read about visualization techniques from numerous sources. A quote from Stella Terrill Mann lives in my memory: Desire, Ask, Believe Receive

This sign has been hanging in my kitchen for almost a decade. Does the law of attraction get any clearer than that?

What I find fascinating is that my dance with Marie Osmond this week has added depth — a new layer of understanding — to my belief that the Law of Attraction is more than wishful thinking.

It’s okay to walk in the footprints of those who’ve trod the trails before us. We can and should be open to lessons along the way. But…..

What I continue to learn is — it’s when we get curious, and maybe a little brave, that we can step off of the traveled path into our own satisfying life.

When we stop to recognize that what we desire for ourselves does not have to match everyone else’s prints — our destiny finds us.