Freestyle Friday: positivity…braveheart…unforgiven


I want to say thanks to all of my new followers, and to the people who have volunteered to write a guest post on this blog. I am enjoying the hell out of writing these posts, and I am glad to see others are enjoying reading them.

This upcoming week, I plan on publishing two posts from other writers. It should be really cool to see what they have to say.


When I drove home from work today – sitting in LA traffic – I was thinking about this movie I saw a few years ago called The Secret. The premise of the movie is that the thoughts we project are the realities that we will live in.

We all remember learning in school that one of the basic laws of science is that energy is neither created nor destroyed, only transferred. And…along those lines – what the “secret” says is that when we project positive thoughts, or energy, that same positive energy will circulate and eventually find its way back to us in one way or another.

It makes, sense, right? I mean. Think about it. Even NFL players use this method to achieve success. They call it confidence. Essentially what confidence does…it gives us a positive outlook on a yet undetermined outcome. And when the positive outlook turns into a positive result, it only strengthens our confidence, and our ability to continue projecting positive thoughts. And so on, and so on…

The last few years I have been working very hard on seeing the world through a positive filter. I still stay grounded in reality. But, instead of looking at the negative side of an issue. I flip the script. And think of the issue from a positive angle.

Not only does this way of thinking help your personal and professional relationships, but it also helps the relationship you have with yourself. You begin to see the positive traits you possess, and you spend less time dwelling on all the negative aspects of your personality.

What started as a real effort, has become effortless. My default way of thinking is no longer negative. Rather, I think positive, and try my best to stay optimistic (which obviously does not always work…but…I try!)

Unforgiven & Braveheart

I read a lot about movies and screenwriting. And every once and while, I come across some really cool stuff. And this past week, I came across a cool video about the awesome movie Unforgiven (1992) and a podcast about the equally terrific movie Braveheart (1995). (I know these are total dude movies. But, they BOTH won the Academy Award for Best Picture in their respective years!)

The video basically discusses how Unforgiven is an “anti-western” because it does not strictly follow the genre characteristics of a “true western.”  Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven

And the podcast is a brief discussion – about the creation of Braveheart – with Randall Wallace, the film’s screenwriter. Podcast with Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace

Have a great weekend everyone! Thanks for being a part of my blog!

6 replies »

  1. Good article, I agree, even if it is hard to stay positive in a world surrounded my negative news and people, we have to do it anyway. (hence i don´t watch the news). It is always important to look at the bright side of things, even when something negative happens to us. (hence the saying, “Every cloud has a silver lining”). It´s hard at times.
    At times, i reflect about my life and stop for a second…thank for the basic necessities, health, food, house, family and be grateful for all i have. even the most mundane thing i have, thank i have, because someone out there doesn´t. or at one time in your life you didn´t.
    i try to remember one basic rule of life: someone out there is better, richer, smarter, than you, but there is also people out there, worse, poorer, dumber, etc. than you.
    BUT i have a question for you:
    if you are positive, and want your dream to become reality but it does not come, even if your tried and tried. nothing… why?
    i figure it is because of the Buddhist concept of attachment. you want something soooo bad, you won´t get it. or it is not the time or space yet for you because your inner you does not feel it yet.
    my example is a personal one: i want to return to live in the US. i tried and tried and i am still stuck in a city i hate. why?


    • Thanks for the insight, Mutz. Those questions you raise are the same things I grapple with. Maybe the universe is telling you something when you don’t get what you are seeking. Maybe what you are seeking is different than what you consciously believe you are seeking. Or maybe the time for your dream to come true is still somewhere in the future. I promise to let you know the answers if I find them. Please do the same for me.


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