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Success is the Best Revenge

I Love Lucy: A Colorized Celebration (c) 2019 CBS Home Entertainment and Fathom Events, used with kind courtesy of CBS and Fathom Events, all rights reserved.

What does success mean to you? And when you feel someone does you wrong, how do you deal with that? Many people out there–especially in our industry of Hollywood, scoff at that line above of “Success is the best revenge.”  To many, “Revenge is the best Revenge.”  But is it?

Imagine you are walking down the sidewalk, and accidently bump into someone, and they drop their phone. Would you grip your phone tightly, expecting them to jump up to their feet, and bump in to you, purposefully knocking your phone out of your hand? Or would you pick it up and hand it to them, and quickly apologize?  Obviously, you would apologize and be courteous, because you know it’s the right thing to do, and it’s how you would want treated.

The line of “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you,” otherwise known as “The Golden Rule,” has some serious truth to it. The law of reciprocity says that when you treat another person kindly, they are inclined to act back in a kind way. Not that good sense is necessarily common, but if it were, this would be it. Likewise, the reverse is true. If you speak to someone with rudeness or anger, they will most likely respond back in a similar manner.

Allowing for the fact that we are not perfect–we all make mistakes, and sometimes accidentally hurt people that we didn’t mean to; especially the ones we deal with the most and love the most, doesn’t it make sense that if we want to be forgiven, and not have every accidental slight we cause another held against us with retaliatory action, that we should forgive others first?

While the philosophy of “Might is Right” and “An Eye for an Eye” may  appear “tough” and “cool” to some, it is– we are seeing more and more in this new age–this is NOT how the world works. Karma is REAL. The liars, cheats, crooks, cons, and murderers generally always go down, and down hard.

No one respects the “screw me over and I will screw you ten times harder” politician or punk on the street. The only one that perhaps likes them, are other similar jerks,  and–they are the first one’s to be surprised when their devilish friend or hero screws THEM over. What?! A person who embraces evil did ME wrong?! I thought it was only  for THEM! Duh.

Befriend a snake, and don’t be surprised when your slithery friend acts like one.

If I had a list of every person who did me wrong; looked at me the wrong way, spoke rudely to me, didn’t bag my groceries correctly, hurt my feelings, lied to me, wasted my time, flaked, cheated, gossiped, libeled, attacked, or more, it would make up quite a large notebook full of many pages. And sure, I could try go after each and every one–attacking back, and getting even. But who would it serve?  For one, it would take up years of my time, and by the time I was finally done getting even, I’d have yet another new notebook full of enemies to try get back or destroy.

Mean people want you to think, obsess, and worry about them. The more you focus on the jerks of the world, the less you are focused on your goal.

Hate, plotting revenge, and getting angry will literally make you sick. Stress causes disease; a slow death that still yet surely kills. The perfect weapon your enemy would love is; knowing you are talking about them, thinking about them, worrying about them, and stressing about them all night, without sleep.

When you feel hurt or angry, repeat these mantras:

Revenge is not worth my time.

Revenge is not worth my health.

I deserve to be at peace. 

I deserve to feel good and be happy. 

While the path of revenge promises you power, in actuality, it weakens you, distracts you from your goals, and pulls you into an endless battle of fighting the enemy more, and yet more endless rows of new enemies.

Even the most crazy and wicked of politicians generally try to avoid war. They generally know and care about the reality, that what we reap, we sow.

By no means am I sitting here professing to be an angel, and saying that I always immediately forgive everyone. I don’t. But I eventually try.  And the times I lived my life  with forgiveness, grace, and a positive outlook, were vastly more happy, lucrative, and successful than those earlier years that I focused on anger, hatred, and pessimism.

Now, the more you try to live a life of peace, grace, and forgiveness of yourself and others, oftentimes, the more you may be attacked. Attacked not only by others who see you as a soft, easy target who will not fight back, but also attacked by certain spiritual forces that prey on those seeking to create a heaven on Earth–rather than a hell.

The solution on the physical plane is to resist the urge to fight, focus on the good, and keep moving forward. With that said, don’t allow yourself to be a victim. By all means, defend yourself, your loved ones, your community, and your business when you have to.

The solution on the spiritual plane, is to remember that words–which effect our unconscious mind, have power. For this reason alone, the art of prayer is a real, and a workable tool, as you speak out loud that which you want to change and manifest, through the help of the creator. If you don’t believe this and all worlds were created by anything other than a random accident, then you can at least speak your intentions out loud. Focus on the good, cleanse your energy with a nice bath or shower, or walk outside in nature, and write down the WAY you want your life to be, in the present tense.

If the devil ‘is’ real, he’s probably a politician, but you DON’T have to vote for him.

Vote for Peace, and peace of mind instead.  Love, Laugh, and Follow the Light, Your Happiness and Success will surely follow.

We hope you enjoy the new issue.  As always, contact us through this site or at 310-226-7176 if you have any questions or comments.  We might even publish your words in our next issue, for the world to see. 

About the image: One of the most famous television sitcom’s in American history,  on August 6, Fathom Events and CBS Home Entertainment paid tribute to “I Love Lucy” and its legendary star Lucille Ball with “I Love Lucy: A Colorized Celebration” that screened in movie theaters nationwide for one night only on the comedienne’s birthday.

–Bruce Edwin

This content is (c) 2019, Bruce Edwin, Hollywood Sentinel, all rights reserved.

A Celebration of the Artist

Charlize Theron stars as ‘Charlotte Fields’ in LONG SHOT. Photo Credit: Philippe Bossé.

Hello, and welcome to the new issue of The Hollywood Sentinel. We bring you each week, news you will not find anywhere else in the world of art, music, fashion, film, celebrity interviews, and more.

More importantly, we report only the good news. There is enough toxic, negative, depressing news in the world by the mainstream media, that may end up making a person feel angry, sick, hopeless, lost, confused, and depressed. The purpose of life is to be happy, and productive–not to be miserable, and reactive to the bad news others propagate.  Why should we add more toxic words or images to the already over-saturated, negative marketplace of information and ideas? And why should you let the media control how you feel?  Never let anyone insult you for trying to be happy. You were not born to suffer.

The Hollywood Sentinel serves as a place to celebrate some of the greatest human beings on the planet–artists, of all types.  The entertainment industry–above all other professions; along with nature–makes life worth living.

Fine Art, Literature, Theatre, Dance, Storytelling, Film, TV, and Fashion; all of these things and more,  and add to the power, beauty, and happiness of this planet thanks to the artists of the world.  Join us here in viewing a glimpse into our world, and visit often.

Enjoy the new issue!

–Bruce Edwin

Long Shot

Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) and Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) in LONG SHOT. Photo Credit: Philippe Bossé.

Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) is a gifted and free-spirited journalist with an affinity for trouble. Charlotte Field (The lovely and talented Charlize Theron) is one of the most influential women in the world. Smart, sophisticated, and accomplished, she’s a powerhouse diplomat with a talent for almost anything. The two have nothing in common, except that she was his babysitter and childhood crush.  When Fred unexpectedly reconnects with Charlotte, he charms her with his self-deprecating humor and his memories of her youthful idealism.

As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter, much to the dismay of her trusted advisors. A fish out of water on Charlotte’s elite team, Fred is unprepared for her glamourous lifestyle in the limelight. However, sparks fly as their unmistakable chemistry leads to a round-the-world romance and a series of unexpected and dangerous incidents.

From Summit and Lionsgate, and the celebrated team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg; creators of comedy hits including THIS IS THE END and NEIGHBORS, LONG SHOT also features O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Den of Thieves, Straight Outta Compton), Andy Serkis (Black Panther, Planet of the Apes), June Diane Raphael (The Disaster Artist, Grace & Frankie), Ravi Patel (TV’s Master of None) and Alexander Skarsgård (TV’s Big Little Lies and The Legend of Tarzan).

Directed by Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Starring Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Andy Serkis, June Diane Raphael, with Bob Odenkirk, and Alexander Skarsgård.

Produced By Charlize Theron,  A.J. Dix,  Beth Kono, Evan Goldberg,  Seth Rogen, and James Weaver.

Comments or Questions? Call 310-226-7176. Your question or comment might be published live for the world to hear in our next issue. 

©2019, Hollywood Sentinel

Where Is Your Manual For Life?

Grammy Award Winner Dua Lipa. Image used with kind courtesy of the office of publicity of Dua Lipa. All rights reserved.

Why are you here? You may have thought about that question before, and been asked it a few times, but I want you to really stop and think about it right now. If you knew for a fact, that the world was going to somehow end in just 48 hours, would you be satisfied with what you have accomplished?  If not, then what is stopping you right now from doing the things you dream of?

If you knew the world would end in just 90 days, what you do right now? Who would you see? Where would you go? What would matter most to you? If you would do and see these things and people with this awareness, what is stopping you from doing them right now? Today?

No one ever guaranteed us a tomorrow. 

To live a full, satisfied, meaningful life, you have to seize the day. Make each moment count. Follow your dreams, and imagine that one day it will all be over. Because it will. At least in these bodies on this planet.

Would you rather drift by in a life of mediocrity and mundane displeasure, spiritless, without passion, without hope or purpose of your highest dreams and goals, following the masses and having a safe and “comfortable career” to a fast or slow inevitable demise? Or would you rather wake up excited, on the edge, not sure perhaps of some things, but sure with every fragment of your soul that you are alive, that you are following your bliss, your spirit, the reason you want to be alive, with a burning desire, and fire that cannot go out–lest your life itself be no more?

This passion, this purpose is the life of a true artist. And that art can apply to any field, in any academic area or even any skill of trade. It matters not what you do for you career, as long as you do it for yourself, because it makes you happy.

To some, happiness is seen as a sign of guilt.

Some shame those who are happy, or successful. Tell me; would you rather spend time with an angry man, or a happy one? There is nothing good about anger, or about selling one’s dreams short for the expectations of others. The more people on the planet pursued and achieved their dreams and goals, the less frustration, anger, hatred, hostility, and violence there would be.

Figure out now, why are you here? What do you dream of? What is your top most dream to achieve in your life before you are gone? Next, find a way to achieve it. If you don’t know, start anyway, and learn as you go.

Did you get a manual for life when you were born or reached a certain age?

No. But that didn’t stop you from living. Decide now to find your passion if you have not, and follow it, and achieve it–till death do it’s part. You owe this to yourself. But not only to yourself, you owe it to the world. Greatness isn’t something you rent or buy. Greatness is something you MAKE. Make greatness for yourself starting today, in this lifetime.  Who knows? You just might be at the top of your dreams in 2020 or soon thereafter and the world may notice. And I may be right there, saying, “See” I told you so!”

-We hope you enjoy the new issue, including our special on Alita: Battle Angel and Dua Lipa in our Backstage Hollywood and Music’s Greatest pages via the Table of Contents. Explore all our pages and be sure to check back soon for our unique coverage of the Academy Awards.

©2019, Bruce Edwin, all rights reserved.