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Forgetfulness is the darkness,
Mindfulness is the light.
    -Thich Nhat Hanh
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EXCITING NEWS (12/01/10)  

One of our teachings is called "IT," the "Incredible Truth." One of the five tenets of the Incredible Truth is "you are more capable, more able and more competent than you have ever given yourself credit for."

I believe this for everyone, no exceptions. Sometimes, however, the hardest one to believe in is ourself. 

As many of you know, I have a learning disability called, dyslexia. Dyslexia runs in varying degrees. For me it's so strong that, unless I make a mental note, I walk down the sidewalk backwards :).  
I honestly do not know how I made it through school. In grade school and junior high, I got straight D's and F's in English and Writing. And yet, writing is one of my true passions.In fact, I even got it in my head a few years ago to start writing a book.   

There were moments while writing I believed I was "capable and able." However, there were equal or greater moments in which I thought I had lost my mind; "What am I doing trying to write a book?" I would say to myself. 

To make a long story short, I received a  message on my phone a couple of weeks ago from the president of Hay House Publishing. I couldn't believe my ears when I heard his digital voice say, "We would love to publish your book." 

 For several days thereafter, when I woke up in the morning, I wasn't sure whether it was a dream or reality. I would grab my phone and check to make sure the message was actually in there.I would play it back and then do what I call the "Peanut Butter and Jelly Dance" (a dance of amazement and gratitude).

I sent my book proposal to only one other publisher, Beyond Words; publishers of The Secret. As it turns out, they, too, are interested in publishing it. Again, pinching myself.   

t this point, I don't know how this story will end, but I do see it as a miracle. Many of you have truly believed in me and my message. I thank you for that. 

 But most of all know, if a kid who was teased and called a "retard" for much of his childhood can do this, whatever dreams you have in your heart, you too can realize.You are "more capable, more able and more competent than you have ever given yourself credit for."


Go  Be "IT,"



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Friday, December 17, 2010
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