Sunday, January 20, 2008

What's Write Today is The Secret

There is a great book called The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. Actually there is a DVD, a book and a Web site at about the secret.

The secret, according to the Web site is, "The secret teaches us that we create our lives, with every thought every minute of every day."

Big secret! I think I've known that since birth. The true secret is how to change your thinking when your thinking is destroying your life. The book does try to provide ways to change one's thoughts to be more positive and more grateful. I've tried these tips and techniques to no avail.

It's hard to turn over 40 years of thinking one way to thinking in another. I've tried. I've failed. Nonetheless, I believe in the secret and thinking the book is the ideal self-help book. The secrets of a successful happy life are simple and the book does not try to complicate matters.

It tells it like it is. If you think it, feel it, see it in your mind's eye, believe it --- it will happen in real life. Be it good or bad -- it will happen in reality as it happens in your mind. One of the strongest parts of the book is the secret of the law of attraction.

This secret says you can have the life you want if you:
1. Have positive self-language (I am good, I am worthy, I know I can do)
2. Are grateful for what you have and where you are now
3. Visualize in detail
4. Bring on the details by seeing yourself driving that new car or taking that dream vacation
5. See the dream as already happening
6. Move in the directions of your dreams and the hows will take care of themselves
7. And, if you don't feel it, it won't happen.

All of these items are such common sense. Somehow we all seem to lose perspective in our lives and we lose control of all of these actions. Passion, feeling, visualizing, being happy with who and where you are today, believing it will happen are all feelings that have existed for hundreds of years.

Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Edison, Christopher Columbus, Beethoven are all secret practitioners.

My life has had so much tragedy touch it that is difficult for me to turn my thoughts back to the positive side. I've been on the dark side so long -- I feel too often that all hope may be lost. I do continue to think of all the positives but so much of the good things in my life were integrated into the lives of those I've lost over the years (12 deaths of close friends and family in the past 15 years) that all thoughts seem to lead me back to the dark side.

If there is one self-help that I feel can help, it is The Secret.

What's Write Today is Print Lives!

One of the great debates of late is whether print media is dead - killed off by digital media. I've read several articles of late that prove otherwise.

Print media is still king. One of our local newspapers had an editorial last month by the city editor that claims the newspaper's sales for the printed version are stronger today than ever. And, the full paper is online for everyone to read for free but they continue to sell the printed copy. And, they have even increased readership and sales because of the online version.

Selling Power magazine's publisher wrote in his editorial (November/December 2007 issue), "Last month I asked Selling Power readers to share your thoughts about print vs. online. I was floored by your overwhelming response in support of print."

Readers sent in commentary about their experiences with print vs. online. One reader commented about a business in northern Ohio going paperless then going out of business. Another reader commented, "We're still far away from replacing print. We have PDA's and text messaging but we still write on the back of cocktail napkins, on newspapers or the backs of envelopes."

One reader questioned the life span of blogs and stated that, "It's a blog eat blog world."

Being a longtime Internet user (I first used online resources in the days of online bulletin boards and I can remember logging onto AOL in its start up days), I find myself using online resources less and less these days. There was a time where I went to the Internet for everything including leisure reading, gaming, chatting, etc.

Not so much so now. I am still what I consider an Internet Power User. I am proficient at searching, I still enjoy the thrill of finding new and interesting sites, I prefer e-mail to any other form of communication and I do a tremendous amount of shopping online.

But I have reaffirmed my love of holding and reading a shiny magazine. I never lost my love of holding a book. And, I still find a phenomenal amount of data and research in the bookshelves at my local library or my favorite Borders Books.

The thing is - and I know many people just like this - I print almost everything I find on the net anyway so I probably generate more paper and produce more printed materials than I did before the Internet (there really were days before the Internet).

So print lives on. It is a blob eat blog world with blogs in a battle for their very existence. Digital is still a strong contender. And sadly, I am too old to share my life on myspace - but with all things digital - some day myspace will be too old for new technology.