It Is Already Within You

The Daily Laws, Day 4/365

Taylor Ellison

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The Daily Laws, by Robert Greene

January 4, It is Already within You.

“Sooner or later something seems to call to us on a particular path. You may remember this something as a signal calling in childhood when an urge out of nowhere, a fascination, a particular turn of events struck like an annunciation: This is what I must do, this is what I’ve got to have. This is who I am.” — James Hellman

Daily Law: Ask someone who recalls your childhood what they remember about your interests. Get acquainted with those early passions.

Personal reflection: Day four and I am feeling like this experience might be more negative than positive. Robert Greene has been a writer that has inspired me to think deeper over the years. The 48 Laws of Power is used at my house about as frequently as the Holy Bible at my grandmother’s. Erik, a long-time colleague gifted me with The 48 Laws of Power and I’ve paid it forward to those I love and cherish. In short, I am a huge fan of Robert Greene’s work and yet, The Daily Laws, days one through four have fallen short. The purpose of writing each day was to challenge myself to deeper thinking, daily writing, increasing my readership and to practice bravery by sharing my story. If I am being really honest with myself, I am taking baby steps to make sure that I feel safe in this space called the internet. Instead, I find myself judging the book, The Daily Laws as if I am having memory flashes from the time I exercised poor judgment in reading the Rachel Hollis books, Girl, Wash Your Face and Girl, Stop Apologizing. No, I will not link to either here. Much like Hollis, Greene is giving me toxic positivity vibes in the first four days of the book. I am happy Greene feels he can call upon happy childhood memories, but I would assume that most adults, including myself, are products of Adverse Child Experiences and should not be re-visiting memory lane alone. In fact, anyone reading this and considering The Daily Laws with a history of childhood trauma or Adverse Child Experiences, I would suggest a Trauma Informed, Licensed psychotherapist to evaluate you and determine if this work is appropriate for you. For me, if you’re curious, I will be under the care of professionals while I also work on this personal development project over 2022.

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Taylor Ellison

Happily divorced, single mom, reviewing books and managing a Bookstagram account as if people actually care about what I have to say. Posting weekly.