I use the three-step Law of Attraction process for a great many things in my day-to-day life. Recently, I did the first step, “Contrast and Clarity” to determine my next choice of hair color. Messing with my hair color every few months gives me a sense of “control” over my environment as well as the thrill of making a “change,” and it’s a temporary, relatively harmless pastime. I had spent the last six months as an all-out blonde, and the six months before that with a tri-color streaked effect, so I was looking for another creative expression of myself.

First, I spent several hours cutting pictures of people with hair color that appealed to me out of magazines. Then I stood at my dining room table and began sorting through them. “This one is too dark.” “This one is too light.” “This one’s too orange.” “This one’s too mousy.” I felt like Goldilocks (no pun intended) and the Three Bears… One porridge was too hot, one too cold, and one just right. And so it went until I narrowed my selections down to three or four choices. All of them were some semblance of auburn, or chestnut, or whatever we call light red-brown these days.

So far, so good. Step two is the “Desire Statement.” When I arrived at the salon, I shared my favorite picture with my beautician and said, “Match this.” In other words, I put my order in with the universe. Then I sat back and “Allowed” (Step Three) her to do her work.

Well, apparently the universe had other plans for me than being a redhead at this time. What I got was a very, VERY dark, very bland, and very unnatural shade of midnight brown. Ok, there MIGHT be a little red in it, maybe if I stand in direct sunlight or hold a flashlight behind my head, but mostly it just looks totally boring and totally fake. In other words, I am not a happy camper.

So my desired hair color has taken a detour and I’m ransacking my closet for stocking caps to wear during the interim. And I know if I wash it two or three times a day it will lighten up considerably in the next few weeks. I’m sure there’s a lesson here somewhere, but at the moment it eludes me… I was clear about what I wanted, but I didn’t get it.

So what’s up with that?