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What Secrets Are You Keeping Hidden?

What Secrets Are You Keeping Hidden?

We are all burdened by dark secrets that we keep hidden deep within our minds. We try to push them down into our sub-consciousness so that we don’t have to think about them. We try to keep these demons at bay so that they don’t torment us during our lives. The only way to escape from these demons is through the redemption that we may seek through different routes. Seven pounds is drama movie depicting this exact journey.

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    A fateful man embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption in which he completely changes the lives of seven strangers. Ben Thomas (Will Smith) is haunted by a dark secret that troubles his life. Ben starts his journey looking to change the lives of seven strangers. His plan is solid and his mind is set, nothing can stop or change his mind. His plan starts to fall apart when the unexpected happens, he falls in love. He falls in love with one of the strangers whose life he’s set out to change. In the end, it is the love of this woman that transforms him into a better man. The story unfolds piece by piece and has the audience hooked with the first dialogue Ben has with the 911 operator:

    911 Operator: What’s the emergency?

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    Ben Thomas: There’s been a suicide.

    911 Operator: Who’s the victim?

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    Ben Thomas: I am.

    The juxtaposing storyline of a man, who is an IRS humanitarian, catches the interest of the audience from the start, and the mystery continues to grow from there unfolding at every corner and every turn.

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    Re examining your choices in life

    For a movie to be good, the storyline, the characters, and the actors must all be good and well placed; this movie has nailed it all, every aspect from the storyline to the action has been perfected. Not only has the movie got drama, but it is also very touching and gets intact with the audience’s emotions. It is the type of film that makes one think about their life and makes them re-examine their life choices. It is the type of film that makes one think about their life and makes them re-examine their life choices.

    The power of redemption

    According to the Times of India: ‘Seven Pounds is a sincerely told, mushy tale about spreading good cheer and making the world a better place, with Smith essaying the role of the tormented do-gooder with impeccable zeal.’ The the movie carries a theme that helps viewers deal with their own secrets and teaches them an important message about the power of redemption and how spreading joy can cause joy for one’s own self.

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    Last Updated on September 4, 2019

    How to Achieve a Realistic Work Life Balance

    How to Achieve a Realistic Work Life Balance

    Kate is a hard-working manager working at a startup company.  She toils at work but gets that nagging feeling that she’s missing out on living her life. And then perversely, when she’s not working, she tries to switch off ‘work-mode’ to enjoy her passions, friends, family… but eventually she finds that she just doesn’t have the energy.

    Many people are like Kate, misunderstanding the true meaning of work life balance. They try to keep ‘work’ and ‘life’ separate, but this brings undesirable results.

    The Mystery of Work Life Balance

    Those who are trying to maintain a work life balance only by dividing their time – by driving a sharp wedge between work-mode and life-mode – are inadvertently dividing themselves.

    When people juxtapose ‘work’ and ‘life’, they unconsciously think in terms of ‘work’ versus ‘life’ – and are constantly forced to choose one at the expense of the other.  In this framework, a gain on one side is always a loss on the other side.

    And so people start to see ‘work’ as the times when they are not living their lives. ‘Work’ is seen as a necessary evil that they must suffer through until it’s time to switch off. But if you encode everything related to work as negativity and suffering, while your ‘life’ strains under the weight of unrealistic expectations of enjoyment, there really is no balance there at all.

    Re-balancing work and life is possible by seeking out a new and enjoyable job to a certain extent. But no job is perfect. There are always going to be tedious aspects to any job. And before long you’ll wind up on the same ‘life’ versus ‘work’ see-saw because you haven’t changed the old framework.

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    How to Achieve a Realistic Work Life Balance

    The true goal is to redistribute the positive (+) and negative (-) evenly across life.

    Most people try to make it all positive off work to compensate the negativity at work like this:

      If it’s all negative at work and all positive when the work mode is switched off, the work performance will suffer – creating even more negativity. People will lean heavily on their off-mode life for happiness, but they can’t truly achieve happiness because they are not facing the problems at work.

      Conversely, there are those who do strive to put positivity into their work life. Their work life balance looks like this:

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        Unfortunately, if these people are still stuck in the old on/off framework, all the negativity will shift to their off-mode self, and their relationships and health will suffer.

        Very few lucky people experience positivity on both sides of the equation, their work life balance looks like this:

          If you are one of those who experience positivity in both sides, lucky you! You are one of the less than 5% of the population.

          For the rest of the 95% of the population, here is a cure to having a realistic work life balance.

          The solution is to recover the sense of a unified self. When you do, you’ll dismantle the competing work/life binary, and you’ll stop unconsciously labelling work as ‘suffering’ and life as ‘enjoyment’. Positive energy will begin to flow smoothly and effortlessly through your life.

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          To recover the sense of a unified self, ask yourself: Why do I really do what I do, in life and in work?

          Your answer to this question make up your blueprint of a unified self, charged with meaning that relates directly to who you are and what you care about.

          Use your blueprint now to examine your life at work, your leisure time and your relationships and see if they align with each other. The new framework is no longer ‘balance’, but ‘alignment’.

          This will reveal to you a number of things:

          • There are aspects of your work that are not suffering: Look again and you’ll find many positive aspects that reflect what you care about. For example, you may value creativity, and realize that you get the opportunity to show it at work every day.
          • Things you care about at ‘work’ are the same as what you care about in your ‘life’: For example, you may value friendship in your life, and you also practice this value with your colleagues. Your values exist in all your interactions, and serve your unified self.
          • What you do at work and what you do in your life support and enhance each other: For example, the same generosity you show your friends can forge good client relationships when practiced at work. Your resourcefulness at work can be used to solve obstacles in your personal life.

          Crucially, you never need to use the on/off work model again because you’re constantly acting in accordance with what you truly value. As a result, you’ll find that your positive energy will not be subject to draining or overflowing, off/on, but will instead flow consistently through all your states of being in a perpetual positive feedback loop.

          This is how a realistic work life balance is like:

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            Your renewed conceptualisation from ‘balance’ to ‘alignment’ is an inner transformation that can empower you whatever your current circumstances are.

            For example, it may reveal that you truly are suffering in your current job. But now you can unroll your blueprint to identify the cause of the negativity (i.e. what isn’t aligning with what you value?) and either remind yourself why you’re really doing what you’re doing, or make a tweak… or indeed change your job.

            Even if the latter, you can still be sustained by positivity until you find that new job. You may hate your everyday tasks, but one of things you value is to be a good provider for your family – so you’re spurred on, knowing that you’re doing that every day.

            Or if you’re a workaholic, your blueprint may reveal that what you previously undervalued as ‘off-mode’ (relaxing, having fun, pursuing a passion, spending time with family and friends) actually contain a wealth of values that support – and even enhance – a well-rounded working life.

            A value-rich and optimally tuned work life alignment helps maintain a flow of positive energy and happiness in all aspects of being. So go ahead and make the blueprint for yourself!

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