Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Secret

I've finally got round to reading The Secret, the book that swears it will change your life. It is perhaps symptomatic of how desperately I need this change that I waited until said Holy Grail was half price in Borders before I took the plunge.

I want to believe in the secret. I really, really want to. It's a nice idea: basically that whatever you think about, you will attract. If you think about what you want, you will get it. The book itself is predictably littered with stereotypical American evangelism (interesting because the author is Australian but - typically, some might say - all the 'teachers' of the secret are based in the US). One example, and I swear I'm not making this up, is a quote from a man who claimed to be blind until he read the book. Yes, exactly. Spot the flaw in that little statement.

Anyhoo, as I said, I like the idea. So I'm going to try it out. These are the things I hope to initially gain by practising the secret:
Good health
An exciting new career opportunity
A size 10 figure

I shall let you know if any of these miraculously materialise just because I think they should. Don't hold your breath.

7 comments: said...

Thought you were size 10 already!

zuzula said...

hmmm. I am. And then some!

Mrs Pop said...

Meh... I love the idea of the "power of positive thinking" that The Secret evangelizes. I love it.

But realistically, if you go into it believing that just thinking about something will make it happen, you're destined for failure.

I'm definitely on-board with the whole positive thinking message, though, and am trying very hard to stop being such a negative person.

silverfox said...

yes, yes...the power of positive thinking, kind of works but there needs to be a book out there that is about the power of positive doing as well......hmmmmm, I think I shall call this book 'The Other Secret'! All contributions welcome x

fake adult said...

I tried it. I spent most of last year thinking about my thesis rather than writing it. Lo and behold, nothing!

I think the secret that Joan Rivers once shared on Parkinson is much better: after menopause, your vagina drops. Whatever that means. The male equivalent, I suppose, is that your balls keep getting bigger so by the time you reach the end, there's a bag with two melons in it hanging about your knees.

Sorry, what was the question again?

zuzula said...

Mrs Pop & Silverfox - yes, positive thinking is good. But unfortunately I think Silverfox is right - it takes a bit of action too!

FA - something else to look forward to! do you watch Curb Your Enthusiasm? The one about the large vagina is possibly my all time favourite (along with the 'beloved aunt' obituary)

The Blonde Blogshell said...

I have to admit, I have always lived the "Secret". I have always visualised what I want, would like and why I would like that to come true. It's amazing!