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Coming Soon: Ghetto Physics

Posted by jeromefaraday on September 18, 2010

It looks like William Arntz, the producer from What the Bleep Do We Know? is back. His newest project is Ghetto Physics. It appears to be a survey of world history and current reality based on the idea that some are dominated while others dominate (i.e. you’re either a pimp or a ho in street slang).

The movie is obviously going to challenge the correctness of that system and suggest a new way forward. As someone who’s been a ‘ho’ to the system in the past, but said, ‘to hell with that s–t’ I’m eagerly awaiting this film. Watch the trailer above.

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The Power of Gratitude

Posted by jeromefaraday on September 10, 2010

We all (probably) remember mom strongly encouraging us to write thank you notes to relatives growing up, even though we hated the Bible video game Aunt Reba got us instead of Mortal Kombat. In spite of the complaints, deep down I think we always knew mom was right.

I personally believe that gratitude is the single greatest asset we have in our pursuit of happiness and abundance. And its absence is the single greatest hindrance. Let’s look at a few examples.

Detachment– Ironically, being overly attached to our goals often keeps us from achieving them. It’s the principle that explains why people who desperately want children, but can’t, often end up having one after they adopt. The pressure is off and things happen. People who quit a team, then hit a home run are another example.

Gratitude helps us detach. Why? Because being sincerely grateful for the present means we don’t need the dreams for the future. It’s not that we give them up. Rather, we don’t have to obsess over them and they never feel stressful or like work.

Attracting Abundance- Jesus said if someone is untrustworthy with small things, he or she will essentially be untrustworthy with the big ones too. If someone is miserable and finding fault with a modest income and wealth, then wouldn’t that same person just have more to complain about with abundance?

I believe God gives the best things in life to people who are truly grateful with what they already have. What about those who have a lot of material wealth and aren’t grateful? Well, look at Lindsay Lohan whose riches just give her greater opportunities for misery. If we are grateful for all we currently have we’ll always be happy with the blessings God has given us and prepared to handle what he’s going to send our way.

Creating Reality– I am a firm believer that we create our own reality. It sounds very metaphysical, but look at it this way: some people look at a cityscape and see beauty; others look at the same scene and see something very ugly. Beauty, joy, happiness, and all other emotions are a product of the mind.

Gratitude gives us a great head start in creating a joyful, happy, and hopeful reality. It’s hard to have a negative reality when you’re genuinely grateful for the people, places, and things in your life.

How to Do It– Although tips for expressing gratitude will be a regular feature of this blog, here’s where everyone can start: identify what you’re grateful for. Most people are so busy focusing on stresses, problems, and even goals, they miss the good things in life now. Start a gratitude journal today. Each night resolve to write down at least five people, events, things, etc. that you’re grateful for. If possible share them during family discussion or prayer time. It’s always fun to go back and read old entries too.

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