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Be

Most of you will have heard me say this for many years now: there are three modalities to human life: being, doing, and having. The order matters. You have to be before you can do or have.

I think that’s why I like these combined wisdoms of Russian author Leo Tolstoy, and British journalist Holbrook Jackson.

If you want to be happy, be.

Happiness is a form of courage.

It’s really that simple. You can be happy just because you exist, you be, you are.

And, it takes a quality of heart—coeur-age—to accept that this is true.

I think one of the saddest days on Earth was the day someone looked outside themselves and decided that circumstances had to be a certain way before happiness was possible. It’s not true. Circumstances change constantly. Your being does not.

You are a magical creature. Be … happy.

Seeds XVIII, 14

Time Management

The year is one-quarter over. Need more time? Try these tried and true self-help methods.

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Beloved, we all have the same amount of time. It doesn’t matter whether we’re the President or a Pauper. The issue is how we’re using our time. These are five beautiful ways.

Fantasy

Sir Terence David John “Terry” Pratchett, OBE, was an English author of fantasy novels. He wrote this delicious insight about fantasy.

Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere but it tones up the muscles that can.

Fantasy, daydreaming, visualizing, meditating … all these are ways of imagining a new story, a new future, a new idea, for yourself and your life. So often we dismiss fantasy as wasteful, but think on it for a moment. Isn’t dreaming the next great thing … whether it be a new, improved cell phone or a better way to mow the lawn … isn’t dreaming it what causes it to come to be?

Of course it is.

Fantasy comes from Old French roots borrowed from the Greek and means a making visible.

And that’s why I liked Sir Terry’s idea. Go ahead, get on your mental exercise bicycle, and fantasize all you like. It’s a form of exercise that prepares your manifestation muscles for when it becomes time to take action.

Seeds XVIII, 12