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J. M. Hawkins and Geoffery Moore

Dear Soul,

I feel like a genie in an unrubbed lamp.

Dear Life,

By-and-by, that lamp of your soul will get rubbed the right way. Then you’ll be free to use the three wishes, which, in truth, you’ve been granted every day of your life. They are the three wishes of morning, noon, and night. Take these three wishes and have some fun with them. And be a little creative about it because that’s what keeps the old magic lamp rubbed—and keeps a little magic in your day.

To jump start that creative process…if you’re stuck in a rut—break out! If you’re stuck in a habit—break free! If you’re limited by a fixed way of thinking—if it’s fixed, break it! Morning, noon and night, look for the new, the unexpected, the surprising thought or possibility or response.

And soon, instead of being weighed down by the demands of the day, more and more you’ll be the master of the day. You’ll hear the Genie of the day laughing and saying, “Woo-ha-ha-ha! Master, your wish is my command!”

Today, I’ll begin to break out of my ruts by doing something new. I’ll begin to climb the ladder of new thoughts—begin to see new vistas, new responses, new possibilities for my life. I’ll be open to new ways to bring a little magic to my day, morning, noon and night. I’ve always wished to be more alive and now…today is the day!

*The Dear Soul/Dear Life dialogs by J.M. Hawkins are adapted and used by permission. They are excerpted from his collection, Word From Soul City and were used in discussion groups that met in cities across America in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to the Life That Loves to Happen seminars with Landon Saunders.