IN THIS BLOG:
TRIP TO THE FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR
Welcome to this edition of my Benevolent Outcomes Blog. This Blog is to help introduce people to the concept of requesting Benevolent Outcomes in your life on a daily basis. By doing so, you’ll be reconnecting with your Guardian Angel, who will assist you with the most mundane requests, like a parking space at a busy mall during the Christmas Holiday season (which might not seem so mundane if you have driven up and down rows of parked cars trying to find a place to park). Or it can be a much more serious request such as, “I request a Most Benevolent Outcome for my reunion with my family, thank you!” This is really good to request if there is much conflict in your family. I use the abbreviation “MBO” for Most Benevolent Outcomes. You can go to my website www.TheGentleWayBook.com, where you can read two sample chapters of my first book, articles I’ve written for magazines, and much more!
In my last Blog I mentioned that on my 45 minute walk down the Croisette (in Cannes, France) to the New Port, I would say “Bonjour” to a homeless man living next to the sea wall I walked on and he responded. One night I over-ordered at a restaurant and so I had them put it in tin foil (they don’t have to-go boxes, at least not at that restaurant). This morning I took the sack with me and requested a MBO for not only my walk, but that he would accept the food, as I could not tell how cognizant he was.
He was feeding the pigeons and sea birds as he seems to do each morning. Are they a bunch of beggars! They never left the sea wall or surrounding rocks, but kept eyeing him for the next handout. Luckily I had scooped up all the bread in the basked at the restaurant so he’ll have more to feed them.
I gave him the food, and I was to find out in speaking with him that he was from Berlin and spoke pretty good English. He had met Laura Bush one time he said before George became President. He liked her—said she had a good heart, but the Russian president (or? I wasn’t sure) had a hard heart from what I could tell. He also gave me advice about staying warm in Germany. Mentioned how St. Moritz was great to ski, and how he had been in Northern Italy, but I couldn’t tell how long he was there. Said he gets his food from cleaning up after the markets held in Cannes. Not sure if he is on a clean up crew or just scavenges, but I did see tins of cookies that I had seen in the Palais building (where the TV market and Cannes Film Festival are held). All in all a conversation that I never imagined having. It was a nice Benevolent Outcome.
When I booked my hotel to attend the Frankfurt Book Fair, I found the only two star hotel available in the main part of Frankfurt was called the Angel Hotel. I did chuckle when I booked the hotel and requested a MBO. It was in a great location only one block from the main train station and a two minute walk to the escalator down under the street and another one minute to the subway or train to the Frankfurt Book Fair. There are two other hotels on the street and they share the street with a whole line of sex shows, peep shows, etc. These are rip-off joints according to the hotel owner Mehra that are out to rob the “rubes” who walk in for 1,000 or more Euros (heard as high as 5,000 E). Will those men and women have some “balancing” (as my Guardian Angel Theo calls it) to do in a future existence!
I had requested a MBO for the room to be ready upon arrival and it was within 10 minutes even though it was still morning. Another lady that arrived shortly after me was still waiting for her room to be cleaned when I walked out the door headed to the Frankfurt Book Fair. I had printed a number of press releases about the books in Cannes. I planned to drop them off at the press office, but wasn’t sure they would let me in as my ticket was not good until the next day. Naturally I requested a MBO to be allowed entry, and at first the lady refused me entrance and then let me go in. At the press office the young lady said the charge would be 156 Euros (about $230!) to drop them off. I pleaded with them to let a poor author put them out and she said come back the next morning at 9:00 am and she would ask her supervisor. I was having a hard time finding some place to eat, as the restaurants I passed in the Fair were not yet open. I requested a MBO to find some place open for lunch. I came upon the Switzerland Café and there were a number of people eating inside. I got in line and got my food, and then looked around for a place to pay and saw none. I sat down and started to eat, still searching. Finally I asked an Italian lady at the next table where to pay, and she said that was a free lunch for participants in an all day seminar. I wondered why there were so many men dressed in business attire and not casual clothes for setting up the booths (or stands as they are called in Europe)! A really nice MBO!
I had walked to the book fair, but there was some construction to pass through and cobblestone walks, so since I was dragging a roller bag filled with books, plus my briefcase, I took the “S Bahn” train to the fair grounds. At 5 minutes to 9:00 am they started letting the large crowd of people inside. They later reported that the first day attendance was 39,000 + people! This is the largest market I’ve ever attended, with 15 halls each holding enough stands for a normal convention, with over 7,300 companies exhibiting! This is 10 times as many as exhibit at the world TV market in Cannes. At the press office they said not only could I not pay the 156 Euros, but I could not even put press releases out as I’m an author and not an exhibitor. Keep in mind I requested a MBO, so I accepted what happened wondering where my MBO was. I almost trashed them, but took them with me. The MBO was that my publisher had not put in a sell sheet with the books, so I was able to use the press release as a sales sheet! I wouldn’t have had anything to give to the people that just wanted a card and some literature to refer to about the book.
Naturally I requested MBO’s each morning that the results of my meetings would be even better than I could hope for or expect. I also requested MBO’s each morning as each afternoon to be led to call on the right companies, as there was no way I was going to make it through all the halls I had listed to visit.
I have already come to a verbal agreement with a publisher in Greece that also publishes the Kryon books—nice synergy. Plus I have many more that I hope will close in the coming weeks. I met with my German publisher on Friday, and they said they thought the book will be released in May or June. And I had chance meetings or was compelled to stop at certain places that should prove fruitful.
As one example, on Friday I was in Hall 8.0 where all the Americans and British have stands, and I stopped to have an orange juice to rest my weary legs. I sat down at one of those high tables with bar chairs and a young lady sat down there too as it was quite crowded. We started discussing my book and it seems she works for the largest publisher in Croatia. She took a book with her and I’ll follow up.
Today I was concerned about getting my three roller bags to the train track and requested a MBO for someone to assist me. Before I could ask, Mehra volunteered a young man by the name of Handi to assist me with the bags. He took two of the bags all the way to the spot on track 7 where my car was supposed to stop.
When I arrived at the Munich train station, as I mentioned above, I had only 14 minutes to get from track 1 to track 22, which sounded like a long way. It took me a couple of minutes to attach two of the bags together and I requested a MBO for assistance in finding the track AND assistance with my bags, as the signs said nothing about a track 22. I asked a lady passing by and she pointed me towards the “S Bahn” sign, which I was quite familiar with from Frankfurt. As I started down the escalator with my 3 bags, I noticed a couple with medium size roller bags headed in the same direction and asked if they were going to the airport and they said yes. I followed them, and the German couple was quite nice and told me which train to take, as there were two that stopped before the airport train. He even helped me on board with my bags (a nice MBO). They were headed to Kenya for two weeks for some sort of government work that they had a hard time explaining in English.
During the 40-minute ride I tried to phone the hotel to see about the shuttle van, but the phone would ring and no one picked up. I requested a MBO for finding the shuttle. At the airport station the German couple again assisted me in getting the bags out (nice MBO). I proceeded to the Information counter, where they called the hotel, and told me to sit down, as it could be 10 minutes before pickup. Less than 2 minutes later a German lady from the hotel called to me and off I went to the shuttle van, which was filled with people whom she had picked up from the train. I was the last on board and sat up front. This gave me the opportunity to go in and check in to the hotel instead of standing in line (another MBO). They gave me my own portable alarm set to 4:30 am, and I requested a MBO to awaken just prior, which I did.
I requested a MBO to sit next to someone interesting to talk to on the flight from Amsterdam back to Dallas-Ft. Worth, and my MBO was that the Dutch man who sat next to me never spoke to me for 10 hours—only in Dutch to a friend across the aisle. This saved my throat, as I had picked up a chest cold. I requested a MBO for customs and went through the passport check OK, but the customs guys wanted to check my bags because I listed books on the form. The MBO was that I got to hear an angel story from one of the customs officers and gave out two business cards for them to go online and read about the book at www.TheGentleWayBook.com.
This is really simple to do, folks, so give it a try. Start by requesting a Most Benevolent Outcome for your drive to work, or for a seat on a busy train or subway. Easy steps that will give you immediate feedback that your requests are being answered.
Have a Most Benevolent Week!
Tom T. Moore