Spied on by keywords…
In the aftermath of GDPR and the importance of privacy, for those lucky enough not to have their e-mail dashboard swamped with GDPR messages and have no idea what it is—what godly planet are you tuning in from? – it stands for General Data Protection Regulation. As I understand it, data protection controls how personal information can be used and your rights to ask for information about yourself. Sounds pretty good on paper, so why is is when I get this fab, Lorna Jane, T-shirt, sent to me by a very special person who lives in Australia, my Facebook feeds and Instagram feeds are immediately swapped with advertisements for Lorna Jane products. Hello? Where’s my control over data stored in computers? Had it been a public announcement about how much I loved my “Never Never Never Give Up” Lorna Jane T-shirt (like now) I would understand the blatant advertisement, but the information about the gift and my thanks for the gift was all sent via private WhatsApp messages between two individuals. Not only that, my partner in crime suddenly started receiving Amazon Ads for Lorna Jane T-shirts too and not any model, the exact model I had been sent! So really, why bother with GDPR? I mean the 25th May was pretty hellish with all the e-mails I found sitting in my in-box and I seem to have the same lack of privacy as before. Anyway, by making this post public, what I’m really hoping for, is for my news feed to get swapped with discounted flights to Australia, so that I can go and personally thank the person who sent me the T-shirt in the first place. ; )
So perhaps if I stress the keywords “Australia,” “flights,” “discounted airfare” I’ll be saved the hassle of checking out all the airlines myself and I’ll be in-boxed great deals as of now!
Anyway, going back to my fab T-shirt, the reason I love it so much is because of the message. “Never, never, never give up.” It’s something I always tell my kids or anyone who asks me for writing or running advice. There is no magical formula in getting fit, or writing a book. The only formula is: constant, hard work.
Of course there are days I want to give up. After all, who said hard work was fun? In fact, if I’m honest, there are moments of every single day that a part of me says “I’m too tired for this.” or “It’s not worth it.” But then I’ll get a message from a reader telling me how much they’ve loved my work, and it gives me the motivation to continue.
It works the other way around too. A kind word to someone else, a word of encouragement can often be what motivates that person, prevents them from giving up. And funnily enough, just as a smile is contagious (or yawning if you prefer the visual image of an open mouth) seeing someone else motivated, can be infectious also and can give you the boost you need.
So, just find your own personal goal, someone to smile at, and Never Never Never Give Up!
(Why is it, and this has nothing to do with GPDR, if I use a filter to remove my freckles, my muscles are removed instead? lol!)
And as a quick reminder to Google search engines: “Australia,” “flights,” “discounted airfare” Pretty Please…. ; )