I got this empty leather journal a few years ago in a quest to work on my second book. In all honesty, it is still empty because every time I went to reflect, I would start off with something negative.
Now that I found my way back to writing; I’m noticing that even one positive sentence can help change the energy around me. It doesn’t always have to be something that is pages long, just something like “The trees are beautiful today” or “I had a great talk with my mom” can help you train your mind to reflect positively.
My new goal is to try to concentrate on the good things in my life when I write or as the the cover says, “Good Thoughts”. Not sure if I will ever finish my second book but at least I’m writing positively again.
How often do you think about positive things while reflecting on your day?
Every other day I see one of these self-help sites or popular social media guru’s posting quotes about working hard, having ethics, your time will come if you put in the work. Well I’m here to tell you that sometimes it doesn’t and that’s what you have to prepare for.
You can want something so bad and never get it because it wasn’t meant for you. One day you can be on top of your field and the next minute you are back to square one. Or you can be thisclose to attaining a goal and then everything is wiped from underneath you. It only takes a series of unfortunate events (some may call it fate) and your life can turn on its head. Nonetheless, these times are important because they reveal your true character and if you look close enough they can also reveal your true calling.
Being successful is a state of mind, not what you attain or the accolades you receive. However, the society we now live in only responds to things that are tangible. So hear lies the dilemma. Are you basing your failure off of your own merits or what others have expected from you? This question is important because it can put that failure into perspective.
Failures are meant to be stepping stones in life, not deep seas of self-doubt. These times are key to self-growth, self-reliance and self-love. For it’s easy to be positive when everything is going well. However, the true test is to remain so when everything isn’t.
Below I listed 5 things I learned when I was going through a hard time and thinking of myself as a failure. I hope my personal insight helps someone in some way. Continue Reading
USA Network has a hit on their hands with Mr. Robot. The premiere episode was a refreshing look at society and how being connected has harmed us. It also touches on the conspiracy theories that many people believe.
Actor Rami Malek plays the highly intelligent computer programmer / hacker Elliot who believes that there is a group of rich men who run and manipulate the world to their liking (a play on The Illuminati). He works as an IT security guy by day and does amazing online research hack jobs by night.
In the opening scene for the premiere episode, Elliot confronts a business owner about his illegal internet use and network setup. This scene gave me major DEXTER vibes because of the vigilante angle. You know, the supposedly good guy goes after bad guy because he has a dark passenger inside of him. Elliot’s dark passenger is his need to decode and code everything and if something seems off to him, he has to figure out why. Once he does figure it out, he simply exposes the person and then goes on to the next hack.
You can view this scene in the clip above.
Some of these scenes where he is going online to find information really shows you how much info people put online. Of course we all know this, but it’s still eye-opening to view it in the context of a hacker.
I won’t break down the whole episode right now, but I might start doing weekly recaps. It’s definitely worth a watch though because it’s a up to date take on the connected and highly manipulated world. The writers are on point.
Catch Mr. Robot on USA every Wednesday as 10pm EST, I know I will.