Showing posts from November, 2021

The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements Book review The Four Agreements is my book of the moment. I am going to start a series discussion on this book as it is quite insightful and impactful. If you haven't had the chance to read it yet, please grab yourself a copy and start your read. I have to warn you though, you have to be open-minded and be ready to be challenged. There are some concepts that will go against traditional religious beliefs. However, I do feel that anyone from any tradition or religion can take something away from the book. If you are rigid in your thinking and cannot, at the very least, listen to differing thoughts and opinions then this is not the read for you. Otherwise, I think this will make for some very interesting and thought-provoking discussions.  From the back of the book: In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruis reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful

The Harder They Fall

  The Harder They Fall Netflix is now streaming The Harder they Fall, starring Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, Regina King, Jonathan Majors, LaKeith Stanfiled, Delroy Lindo, and Danielle Deadwyler. It is a black western film that uses real-life black historical western figures but in namesake only. Before I discuss the movie, let’s get the supposed controversy out the way first. Yes, the main characters were named after real black western people. No, this is not a biopic of said persons lives. They took a huge use of creative license here. The director has shared this in many interviews. So the actors playing these characters will not look like them, have the same exact storyline, or even be age-appropriate.  I appreciated the introduction of these figures and went on to look each of them up myself. They are all fascinating in their own right and each deserves an actual biopic of their lives. I would definitely be in line for that if done well. With that being said, The Harder They Fall is f

Toxic Productivity and Hustle Culture

Hustle Culture: Why we can’t stop working was published on Youtube by Wisecrack on November eighth. I have to say it really got me thinking and I realized, that I do have a level of toxic productivity. For the past few weeks now, I have been tired and have actually gotten my eight hours of sleep more often than not. This is a huge accomplishment, considering I have averaged about five hours for the last 5 years or so. You would think that I would be proud of myself. I have not been … I am not. I actually see it as a problem.  Not knowing how to feed the spirit, we try to muffle its demands in distraction … What matters is that one befor a time inwardly attentive. -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh So what it comes down to is that I get upset with myself for falling asleep so early or for being too tired to really do anything else after work. Why should I beat myself up though? Allowing myself to get the rest my body needs is an important aspect of wellbeing, but here I am being my own personal

Follow the Sunshine

  Follow the Sunshine Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow them. - Louisa May Alcott I have just unlocked a new stress management hack- place your aspirations in the sunshine. There are days when I just do not know what I am doing. There are days when I feel overwhelmed, underwhelmed, and everything in between. On those days, anxiety may start to creep in to take advantage of my down moments. Then sneaky stress will try to steal some of my energy as well. On some days they are successful and I end up walking around in a cloud for a few days to weeks until I realize and reset.  What better way to do that than to look up into the sun and meditate on your aspirations and how to get there. Connecting with nature is a great way to be in the moment and help with relieving stress symptoms. Engage in an exercise in which you have connected one to two life aspirations with sun/sky gaz

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

  Venom: Let There Be Carnage I finally had the chance to watch Venom: Let there be Carnage, and I hesitate to write this review because it is hard to find something good to say about it. The fact that I did not care for this movie is a pretty big deal because I usually enjoy most movies. Let’s just rip the bandaid off. I do not recommend Venom 2.  4/10 or a D.  What were some redeeming qualities? Woody Harrelson’s weird character and his portrayal were entertaining. He pulled off the quirky crazy very well. Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock was spot on. I just did not care for Eddie Brock at all. In the first one, I empathized with him more and rooted for his success. In Let There Be Carnage (LTBC), I was over him. Kudos to Tom Hardy for carrying it off though.  As much as I enjoy watching Naomie Harris on screen, her portrayal as Shriek was cringe-worthy. It was not the character which, interestingly enough, I found to be pretty badass towards the end (only because she did not take crap from