Spoiler Warning: If you intend to enjoy this film / book, you might not want to read this…
While flying the last stretch to Buffalo, I read this book called “The Secret” which was made into a film as well. From what I understand, the film and book have enjoyed major marketing hype, and even the cover of the book tries to sell itself a little hard. Hopping off the plane at the Buffalo Niagara Airport, an airport staff spotted the book and said that he watched the DVD and felt it was great. So does the fluff bluff?
Yes, I wouldn’t have read it on my own. Given that it was a gift from a good friend, I easily plowed through the colorful pages (yay, picture book!) and realized that it simply spoke of how we think as a projection of how we want our realities shaped. That is, if you’re depressed, it’s because you keep thinking of depressive thoughts. This ties into the law of attraction which the contributors subscribe to. If you have a positive outlook towards life, positive outcomes will be expected.
I can see why this was given to me as a “feel-good” farewell gift… being in Buffalo, not many of you know how depressive it can be to me. While it gets worse in winter, this is a place where I have a lot of personal freedom, but am confined by my mind (or the sheer amount of work I am suppose to be doing).
If you’ve read my blog long enough you’d know that I’ve mentioned this before, that academia might not be the thing for me as I find it too restrictive. Academic rigor is important, but I enjoy going out, getting hands-on and working with people. In contrast, writing papers just seems too solitude an exercise to me. I’d love to work with others on research, but part of the requirement in my program is to work alone to prove my worth, aka sole authorship. The thing that keeps me going is the goodwill academic work brings to mankind, by being directly responsible for the understanding our world, and eventually the meaning of our existence.
I do wish there were some way to find happiness in what I do… waking up each day in Buffalo in cold sweat isn’t exactly enticing. One year to get everything done, or else.
P.S. Note to self… aren’t you suppose to stay positive? It’s all in your head.