"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Time to Return to the World

You know you've been on vacation long enough when you're looking forward to doing laundry.

OK, I do jest - I love having my mom wash all my and the kids' clothes. But one can only sit around in a state of non-accomplishment for so long.
It's time to get back to real life, set some goals, and get accomplishing.
And to help in this return to the world, my mom and I watched The Secret last night. Have you seen it? If not, please drop whatever you are doing, order it off the internet, and watch it. It's got to be the most fantastic video out there.

I remember criticism of The Secret. People asked why if it worked so well, everyone wasn't the most successful person in the world?
The answer? Because The Secret is all about controlling your thoughts. Thinking about what you want. Not giving any energy to what you don't want. And let me tell you. This is more challenging than it might sound.

Here - try this. For a 24 hour period after reading this post, think only about what you want. Focus on only positive. Have no negative thoughts about anyone (yourself included). Every time a negative thought begins to come to you, mentally focus and shove it away.

I'm ready. Are you?


Anonymous said...

OK---you're on! I'm in. After spending last night tossing and turning-obsessing about everything that needs fixing everywhere we live I think I need a positivity break. So...here goes. Thanks for the post! And for all your encouragement during the fires. Means so much:) I here ya about the laundry, btw.

PJ Hoover said...

Yay, Laura! Our positive energy can work together! And I'll add super positive thoughts your way!
And you're welcome about the fire. It sounds like you have a ton of wonderful people in the community.

Amy said...

But one can only sit around in a state of non-accomplishment for so long.


I'm ready. Are you?

Game on. ;)

PJ Hoover said...

Yes. Amy. I need to do something! Cause really when I visit my parents, I get almost nothing done toward writing (except scene scoping) :)
Glad you're onto the positive thoughts challenge! I feel better already!

Vivian said...

My husband and I watched The Secret a few months ago and really liked it. It is full of positive energy and a great motivator.

PJ Hoover said...

I so agree, Vivian. I need to watch it every couple weeks. Even if it's on as background noise while folding laundry.

Sheri said...

Before the Secret was a book called, "Excuse me, your Life is Waiting for You." and it was based on teh same premise - the laws of attraction. What you put out there in the Universe is what you get back. The writer of that book said, if you have a room full of varying tuning forks, some the same note, and you strike one, all the others that are that same note will begin to vibrate (this is actually a true thing.) She said, this is just like life. If you are putting out there a positive vibration, you will cause all the other positive things to vibrate right back at you. She also warned about all the negative chatter in one's brain. I became suddenly aware of all the "pretend" fights I got to with people in my mind who had done me wrong, or just simply had negative thoughts. Now when i do that, I say, "shhhh" to myself and quiet that done right away.

Another book on this same principal is Ekhart Tolle's The Power of Now. I am reading this one now.

Sorry this is so long, it's just that... this week alone people keep telling me to read The Secret. My friend Leeza said it to me again today on the phone and now your posting. So do you think the Universe is speaking to me? I need to read The Secret!

Sheri said...

Sorry for all the typos. I am so tired and clicked 'publish' before I proof read it...

keri mikulski :) said...

I want to read THE SECRET.. :) Yes, positive thoughts. Even through the toddler tantrums and constant 'No Potty'. I can do this. I'm going to check it out. :)

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Anonymous said...

OMG! Ok. So yesterday I used The Secret. I mean, you know, I tried to stay positive all day and the wierdest thing happened. I'm serious this is true.

I'm sort of stranded car wise. You know how that happens? [if your an American, anyway] We've got one in Big Sur, one down south with Joe. All I had to drive yesterday was on old 91 Capri, my daughter's car [she now lives in New York]

I put the key in the ignition. Doesn't start. I turn the key again. Doesn't start. I look at the gas, below the red zone of empty. Now, if you knew my daughter Mx you would know that this happens from time to time. Drives and drives and whooops! forgets to fill the gas. Well, I had no back up yesterday. I'm like the car will run and it will get me to the gas station.

And...after pumping and pumping the gas pedal. Whaalaa! It did.

The power of The Secret? I think so. Srsly, it's like a 5 mile walk to get gas from our place. I was so not focused on that though. I was focused on driving.

Kind of a cheesy story, but thought I'd share:)

PJ Hoover said...

I love that about the Secret, Sheri! None of the ideas are new ones. But the way she tells everything is phenomenal. I just brought Ekhart Tolle back with me from my trip. And yes, I think the universe is speaking to you!

LOL, Keri! The Secret would be very helpful during potty training times. I hope you read it!

Laura, your comment made my day! Thank you so much for sharing it. It's such a perfect example of the power of positive thinking! It really works!!!!!

beth said...

I have never really been able to buy into that sort of thing much. It's not that I don't think positive--I think I'm a pretty positive person to begin with...it's just...I dunno. I was never enticed to look too deeply into the Secret, despite the publicity it got. Maybe I should.

PJ Hoover said...

You know, Beth, I never read or listened to any of the personal development stuff until after my first was born (when I was 31). And not to sound over the edge, but it is life changing. But it's also really nice because my husband is way into it also.

Sheri said...

Yeah PJ, I am all over that - having your husband to read it - great idea and my thinking exactly.

When I was reading Excuse Me... The one question that kept coming back to me was, well if you are married and you are doing all this positive thinking, but your spouse is full of negative, then what? So I, too, thought, when I am done with this book, my husband will have to read it as I read The Secret and then he'll read The Secret snd I might have to re-read The Power of Now.

You might as well borrow a copy from the library, Beth. You have nothing to lose and perhaps everything to gain...

PJ Hoover said...

Exactly, Sheri!
My husband's actually the one who got me started on all the personal development stuff.
It's so great to have a support person at home!