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I am always fascinated by the rules around succession to a throne and how monarchs exclude their children that were born of some women, but include the children that were born to them of other women.  I get upset when children are described as 'illegitimate' – as if God made a mistake with that child.

And not too long ago – in the youth of our grandparents – children that were born to unmarried parents were as a rule given away for adoption.  Some of those children never even found out that they were adopted, or finding this out was a very painful experience to them, because it reflected the 'shame' of their births.

 

I sometimes get requests from people to help them move to the UK, because they are so unhappy where there are, for various reasons. For example, a man does not like his job in Jordan and sends his CV to me so that I can find him a job in England. Or a woman does not like the cultural constraints on her behavior and actions in Egypt and wants me to help her find an English boyfriend. Or a man in South Africa hears how happy his friends are in England, and decides to move after them and share their happiness.

The one thing that these people have in common is that they want other people to make them happy. They do not know yet that happiness comes from inside, and not from other people.

These are instructions for the best journaling method I have ever encountered. If I remember correctly I first read about it in The Artist's Way.  Believe me, it is potent - as long as you stick to the rules.

Get yourself an A4 exercise book. Set your alarm for about 30 minutes earlier than normal and have the book and pen ready next to your bed. If this is impossible, leave the journal for when you are really tired and ready for bed - but early morning works best in my experience.

When you wake up, start writing immediately.

Here are the rules - and for best results, DON'T CHEAT:

If I ask you to make a list of the things you value, I would bet that most people will start their list with things like respect, honesty, and the usual list of fluffy, woolly words.

Do you really need to put time aside to be a good person?

 

 

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