Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sharing Good Books: Siddhartha

Siddhartha - By Hermann Hesse

In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life -- the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace, and, finally, wisdom.

(note: The GoodReads description isn't quite accurate. He doesn't know about his son when he leaves, although that's how this makes it sound.)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Law of Attraction

(Disclaimer: This is a strange sort of post that really just dives into some personal life philosophies I have about how being positive can make good things happen in your life. If you don't want to read musings on the subject, then don't. Go with peace and have a nice day.) ^_^

Today I sort of took a day for myself because I've been so sick. I stayed in bed until like 2 p.m. and read Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. It was a really good book and meshed really well with my own views and philosophies. (I put a review on GoodReads. Maybe I'll make a review post of it here.) It also made me think a lot about the Law of Attraction, especially this bit:

“When you throw a rock into the water, it will speed on the fastest course to the bottom of the water. This is how it is when Siddhartha has a goal, a resolution. Siddhartha does nothing, he waits, he thinks, he fasts, but he passes through the things of the world like a rock through water, without doing anything, without stirring; he is drawn, he lets himself fall. His goal attracts him, because he doesn't let anything enter his soul which might oppose the goal. This is what Siddhartha has learned among the Samanas. This is what fools call magic and which they think is effected by demons. Nothing is effected by demons, there are no demons. Everyone can perform magic, everyone can reach his goals, if he is able to think, if he is able to wait, if he is able to fast.”
Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha 
The Law of Attraction kept coming up today in other areas. My internship--which I LOVE--offered to pay me for proofreading assignments I take, starting with the last one I did. I'm so excited because it's something I'd be doing anyway, and it's something I love doing. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Picking Myself Back Up

This week hasn't been the best week. I was really sick for most of it, which means my novel, my dedication to my critique partners, and various other life things have suffered. I also had one night where I was filled with existential angst, which made me a pretty annoying person to be around. (One of my critique partners saved the day by sending me a gif of a cat riding a pb&j sammich in space. I don't know how, but it cured the angst.) Then, to top off a week that already wasn't my best, something really sad happened. Really sad.

I accidentally overwrote my idea folder in OneNote. (I wrote about idea folders HERE.)

When I realized what I'd done, I literally sobbed for hours. In between the sobbing, I tried everything I could think of to undo what I'd done, but it was too late.