Betting Against Yourself…or Not

They say that when you worry about something that you are betting against yourself.  Now when I heard this I had to really give this some thought.  I guess this could be true in some ways.  Some of us probably worry more than we should.  The truth is that many of the things that we worry about don’t ever come about, and the few that do usually end up being for the best.  Yes, at the time we might not feel it’s for the best, but I have found that sometimes it might take many years down the road to see that it was for the best.  The other truth is worrying really doesn’t have any benefits behind it; other than giving us ill health.  I have to admit as I write this that I am worrying about a few things, and I know deep down that I am sure they will all work out for the best, even if I don’t feel like it at this very moment.

So am I betting against myself in all my worries?  I most definitely am not!  I plan to bet on myself, and get beyond my current worries; so how about you?  Is something worrying you right now?  Now think about something that you worried about last year at this time and is it the same worry you have right now, or is what you are worrying right now something different.  Believe it or not 80% of what we worried about last year is not bothering us today.  Generally, we usually have a new thing to worry about.

What I am basically saying is that time generally moves on and so do our worries and our problems.  Life is strange that way.  Are lives are very much like the weather.  There will be sunny days and there will be rainy days.  Just know that there will probably be more sunny days than rainy days.  Keep your head up and keep moving forward.  There is a quote by the late Dr. Martin Luther King that reads:  “Then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl.  But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward!”

They say that worrying is literally betting against yourself and God.  Whether you are religious or not, try each day to bet more on you, because in the end you are all you’ve got.




Somewhere In Time…What if you had a Time Machine?

I love to watch a movie when I have the time.  Often times I watch during my lunch hour.  Of course, I can’t watch the whole movie during my lunch time because I generally only take a forty-five minute lunch.  So I usually watch movies during my lunch time in pieces.  I watch a piece one day and then continue on to the next day and so-forth.

The movie I recently watched was a movie that I have seen many times and it is called:  “Somewhere In Time”.  It stars the late actor, Christopher Reeves, and Actress Jane Seymour.  It is a love story with a time travel twist to it.  It’s a beautiful love story that always gets me thinking about what it would be like if we really could time travel.  Think about it, if you were given a time machine where would you go?  Would you go into the past, or would you go into the future?  For me, I would have to admit that I would want to go into the past.  I know it’s been said that what is in the past should be left there, but knowing what I know today, if I could go back I would do a few things differently.  You see, there was this person that I met back then that I totally fell in love with, but without going into a whole lot here, let me just say that I didn’t handle it quite the way I should have back then.  Yes, some of you might be thinking that it’s never too late.  For me it is because this person is now deceased.  I guess that saying that life is short and that we shouldn’t waste it is true.  It always amazes me when I hear people stand at someone’s funeral stating that they wished that they had told this person how they felt; about how much they cared and loved them, but that they never did.

Regret is a tough pill to swallow, and yet many of us live with it.  So I have to ask you, if you had a time machine would you go into the past, or would you venture into the future, and WHY?

Creating a Video

As a self-published author, right after I published my first book: “The To Nowhere Train” I realized it was my responsibility to market this book.  Since I self-published I didn’t have some publishing house doing publicity for my book.  I had to do it myself!  So I discovered that a great way to market a book was to create what is known as a BOOK TRAILER.  Book trailers are videos that present information about your book through pictures, music, or live film.  Many authors today use them when selling their books because they know that “Video is King” when it comes to attracting an audience into buying their book or books.  Now the hard part, I had no idea how to make a video, and especially one that I wanted to have conveyed what my book was about.  I thought about hiring someone to do it for me, but that was not within my budget.  I knew I was going to have to do this myself, so I did what I always do and I went over to YouTube to see if anyone was talking about how to create a video.  Luckily, most of the time you can usually find all kinds of instructional videos over there; and I did.

I have to admit as much as I like going over to YouTube to look for videos to help me, it can be pretty daunting because not everyone out there can teach.  Sometimes I end up watching between ten to twenty videos before I find one that can actually help me.  It is extremely time consuming, so this is the reason why I decided to write this article.  If you are a person who has always wanted to make a video there are many ways to do it, and one of the ways I learned on YouTube was through a program that many computers today have preloaded in them called: “Windows Live Movie Maker”.  The below video I found will explain how this program works.  It is basically an overview of this program, but the video will guide you to all the others that this person has done.  He has put together a series of videos on the different steps you might want in your video from adding photos or other videos, to adding titles and text, and to even adding music.

So after I learned how to do this, my task was still not done because I had to look for public domain photos to use on my video; along with public domain music.  This was not easy because when you have to find photos and music to tell what your book is about; well I’m sure you can imagine.  If you want to see how my book trailer came out in the end, click on the url below.  I hope you like it.

The Power of the Words – “I Think I Can”

While working as a teacher’s assistant around young children I often hear the words, “I can’t.”  My response is usually, “Have you ever tried?”  The response back is basically the same, “No.”  The interesting thing is that generally when the student attempts to do whatever they said they can’t do, they generally find that they can, or they find that if they continue to try that they eventually are able to accomplish whatever they thought they couldn’t.

I have found that this is often times true with adults.  I hear adults a lot of times say they can’t, but when asking them if they’ve ever tried I hear the same response, “No.”

I think the truth is, it is easier to say, “I can’t,” then to actually try and fail.  Let’s face it none of us likes to fail, right?  So to say you can’t is just easier.  Personally, I’ve been trying to continue to try instead of saying, “I can’t”.  I have found since I started using this philosophy that I have learned a whole lot, and that most of the time I have found I’m stronger in my mind, body, and spirit than I ever thought possible.

I have a sign above my bed that is a quote I got off the Internet that reads:  “Success is hanging on long after others have given up!”  One of my favorite children’s books is:  “The Little Engine That Could”.  The reason is because the train in the book constantly says, “I think I can”, I think I can”, while never giving up on what seems to be an impossible task.

I think if we would all carry on this philosophy that we would be more successful.  I also think that if we would teach our children at a very early age that they can accomplish anything great in life that they would grow up believing it instead of saying “I can’t”!

Lucid Dreaming

They say when a person goes to sleep at night that our subconscious mind takes over and starts to cause us to dream, and things that might have been on our mind when we fell asleep, or possibly what we may have been watching on television can be brought forth to life.  Some people claim that they never dream; but the truth is most dreams are generally not remembered upon waking up the next day.  It seems that generally the dreams we do remember the most happen right before we wake up the next day.

Sometimes dreams do have a strong pull on us and we end up remembering them way beyond when we actually had the dream.  One type of dream in particular that has always fascinated me has been lucid dreaming.  A lucid dream is when you become aware in your dream that you are actually dreaming.  It’s a pretty strange feeling when this happens, and almost everyone I’m sure has had this happen to them at some point or another.  It’s like one minute you are asleep, and the next whatever is happening in the dream you basically stop yourself and you say in your dream that you know this is just a dream.

Through research I have discovered that there have been studies that have suggested when lucid dreams happen that a person can actually take control of their dream and change things around to how you want them to occur inside the dream.  I personally have had many lucid dreams, but for some reason I have to admit that taking control of one just hasn’t been all that easy.  I do understand that it does take some practice.  There are many books on the subject and strategies on how to achieve this form of control in our dreams; but as I stated before this has yet to happen for me.

The subject of lucid dreaming has continued to fascinate me; just as every day dreams have.  You can discover a whole world of informational videos about lucid dreaming and what your dreams mean by typing in your Internet search engine: lucid dreaming or what does my dream mean when_______?


Dreams vs. Fears

Many people have dreams of doing, or having great things in their lives.  Many people will tell you what they wish for, and will tell you that they hope that they will have it one day.  But, the one thing I hear a lot from people is that although they want something, they usually have an excuse for why they don’t have it right now.  I can relate to some of these people because I have tried rationalizing in my own brain why I don’t have certain things that I have dreamt of having in my life.  I think the fear of failure is always the limiting factor that most people live with.  Former Basketball Superstar, Charles Barkley phrased it greatly when he said, and I quote: “If you are afraid of failure, you don’t deserve to be successful.”  I had to read that several times to myself before I realized that maybe some of what I wanted wasn’t as wanted as I thought.

I also saw another phrase from someone anonymous that read:  “Success… occurs when your dreams become bigger than your excuses.”  I keep a copy of this above my desk and read this often.  Let’s face it we can always think up excuse after excuse to why we’re not doing what we really should be.  We can always think of reasons to why someone else is more successful than us.  A lot of times we say they are just lucky; but we never think about what they probably had to deal with to get where they are.

Every morning we all get up out of bed and we try to start off with a positive outlook, but usually at the end of the day we are just too tired to even think about our wishful dreams.  So many of us will just continue on day after day with the same boring routine; while finding that we are not happy with what we are doing.  So the real big question is and I repeat:  When are your dreams going to become bigger than your excuses?

This is definitely some food for thought, don’t you think?


This and That…An Introduction

This is just to introduce this site.  This is my first entry and this blog will be about a little bit of this and that.  Meaning, that I will be talking about various subjects that have either already happened, or ones that are currently happening now, and what the future could hold.

I have been a writer for many years and I am not new to blogging.  I have a very successful blog called:  “Meet the Author”, where I interview authors about themselves and the books they have written.  I am also the author of many fiction books myself.  They are:  “The To Nowhere Train”, “Elevator to Nowhere and Beyond”, “The Bus to Nowhere”, and “The Marley Davis Mysteries – Corruption” Book 1.

I have always had a great love of writing ever since I was able to write.  I remember writing my first book back when I was in 3rd Grade.  Yes, I have to admit the book was sort of silly, but everyone has to start somewhere’s, right?  I still have this book in rough draft and would probably never consider publishing it, but every once in awhile I still read parts of it and have a good laugh.  I have to wonder at such an young age where my mind must of been at.

I hope this blog will be helpful and that you will comment and share your own feelings about what I am writing, whether you agree with what I am writing or not.  I also hope I meet a lot of people out here that share my love of writing.  I am also an advent reader and enjoy reading romance, mystery, and science fiction books.

I currently work as a teacher’s assistant, but my love of writing keeps me continuing to write my books and my blogs.  The Internet has given many people just like me the opportunity to voice myself to a massive audience.

So with all of this in mind, I say = WELCOME to my blog!