We just returned from a 12 day trip to Italy. For almost two weeks, it was nice to cut off cell phones, the Internet, e-mail and television except for a few minutes of CNN news. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit and appreciated the diversity of the Italian culture. In particular, it was fun to dine in places where we were the only people inside who weren’t Italian. The menus weren’t in English so we took some good guesses at what to order and were successful. Many restaurants — pizza places, trattorias, osterias and ristorantes — do have their menus in Italian and English. We just figured that the ones that didn’t might be more authentic. I don’t know if you can get a bad meal in Italy. We certainly didn’t have any.
When I got back on Monday, it took quite a while to sift through almost a thousand e-mail messages, and about half of them were spam. One message that I found particularly interesting was one from Brad Yates, one of the co-authors of the book, Freedom at Your Fingertips. His e-mail was about a video that was on Good Morning America, has been publicized worldwide and is capturing the hearts of people.
It’s about a fellow named Juan Mann from Sydney, Australia. One day each week, he took time out of his schedule to give away a simple thing in a busy shopping area. For over two years, he had no problem doing it. Then suddenly authorities banned him from giving this free thing away in Sydney unless Juan could come up with a $25 million liability insurance policy. What was banned and what was the public response? See for yourself.
He was giving away something so simple and so powerful in a world where the focus on our fears, differences and all that’s wrong often keeps us “out of touch.”
The other thing that I wanted to mention was that when I was driving our rental car around the small towns in Italy, I heard a song in English two or three times. The lyrics positively struck me. The song is called, Unwritten, by British singer Natasha Bedingfield.
Here’s an excerpt of the lyrics.
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I am unwritten, can’t read my mind, I’m undefined
I’m just beginning, the pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned
Staring at the blank page before you,
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten
Copyright Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Remember, no matter where you are in your life, whatever your situation or your age, the rest of the book of your life is still “unwritten.” Take it a page at a time. EFT can help you erase negative emotions, limiting beliefs, feelings and behaviors and free you to create and “write” whatever in your life that is still “unwritten.”
No one else can feel it for you. Only you can let it in. No one else.
Isn’t that right, Juan Mann?