FYI March 19, 2022

On This Day

1277 – The Byzantine–Venetian treaty of 1277 is concluded, stipulating a two-year truce and renewing Venetian commercial privileges in the Byzantine Empire.[1]
The Byzantine–Venetian treaty of 1277 was an agreement between the Byzantine Empire and the Republic of Venice that renegotiated and extended for two years the previous 1268 treaty between the two powers. The agreement was beneficial for both sides: Palaiologos kept the Venetians and their fleet from participating in the attempts of Charles of Anjou to organize an anti-Byzantine crusade, while the Venetians were able to retain their access to the Byzantine market, and even augment their trading privileges by gaining direct access to the Black Sea and the right to their own quarters in Constantinople and Thessalonica. Furthermore, they were able to stop the Byzantine reconquest of Venetian-aligned territories in the Aegean, although the treaty explicitly allowed both sides to continue fighting for control of the island of Euboea (Negroponte). Nevertheless, the agreement’s short duration made clear that for both parties, it was a temporary expedient. After the treaty expired, the Venetians did ally with Charles of Anjou, but their plans were thwarted by the outbreak of the War of the Sicilian Vespers in 1282, forcing Venice once more to renew the peace with the Byzantines.



Born On This Day

1844 – Minna Canth, Finnish journalist, playwright, and activist (d. 1897)[9]
Minna Canth (Finnish pronunciation: [minnɑ kɑːnt]; born Ulrika Wilhelmina Johnson; 19 March 1844 – 12 May 1897)[1][2] was a Finnish writer and social activist. Canth began to write while managing her family draper’s shop and living as a widow raising seven children. Her work addresses issues of women’s rights, particularly in the context of a prevailing culture she considered antithetical to permitting expression and realization of women’s aspirations. The Worker’s Wife and The Pastor’s Family are her best known plays, but the play Anna Liisa is the most adapted to the films and operas. In her time, she became a controversial figure, due to the asynchrony between her ideas and those of her time, and in part due to her strong advocacy for her point of view.

Minna Canth was the first major Finnish-language playwright and prose writer after Aleksis Kivi, the national author of Finland, and the first Finnish-language newspaper woman.[3][4] She was also the first woman to receive her own flag flying day in Finland, starting on 19 March 2007. It is also the day of social equality in Finland.




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Donald Edwin Young (June 9, 1933 – March 18, 2022) was an American politician and educator who served as the U.S. representative for Alaska’s at-large congressional district from 1973 until his death. He was the Republican Party’s longest-serving member of the House of Representatives and of Congress in history, having represented Alaska for 49 years.

Young was the longest-serving member of Congress, as well as the last remaining member who had been in office since the Nixon Administration; he became the 45th dean of the House of Representatives on December 5, 2017, after John Conyers resigned. Before the special election following U.S. Representative Nick Begich’s presumed death in a plane crash, Young was mayor of Fort Yukon from 1964 to 1967 and a member of the Alaska House of Representatives from 1967 to 1971 and the Alaska Senate from 1971 to 1973.


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The Law of Opposites

The last two years have been challenging for many people for many reasons. As the law of opposites decrees, if something is very bad, the opposite side of it is very good. But sometimes you must look for the good, be aware that there is good and harvest the good.

In 2021 I was diagnosed with cancer and entered a treatment plan, that I assumed, would be a breeze. It was nowhere close to being a breeze, but from the diagnosis onward, I chose to find the good and to look for the blessings. The great news is, there were many blessings in this experience and one of blessings lead me to write my twentieth book Savy Wisdom 2: The Sequel.

It was Napoleon Hill who said, “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”

When I received my diagnosis, I returned home from the hospital and crawled into bed. It was the middle of the afternoon. After pulling the covers over my head, and feeling consumed by fear, my phone rang. I looked at the call display and it showed Bob Proctor’s iPhone. It was Bob Proctor calling me at that precise moment. I remember thinking “how does he know to call me now?” Bob was so tuned in.

Rather than rewrite the experience from that day, allow me to share a short segment from my newest book Savy Wisdom 2: The Sequel. (Savy is based on Bob Proctor and Sophie’s character is based on me).

[beginning of the excerpt starts with answering the call from Bob]

“Remember that lump in my neck? Remember I told you that I was going to the hospital for a biopsy to have it checked out? Well, I went to my doctor this morning for the results, and he has informed me it is cancerous,” I cried.
In a gentle yet stern voice, Savy responded, “You are crying over something that you don’t even have all of the information for. You are getting way ahead of yourself, and you are putting your energy where it doesn’t belong—on fear. You must focus. What would you love, Sophie? You’ve heard me ask you that question before, many times, and it is more important now than ever that you focus only on the outcome that you desire, regardless of what the test results show. Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not suggesting ignoring the recommendations of the medical professionals, but you are in control of your thoughts and feelings, and I strongly suggest you get in control right now, young lady!”

Savy continued, “What are you doing right now? Where are you?”

“At home. I’m lying on my bed.”

“Get up! Get up right now!” he demanded. “Go into your office and write this down.”

Savy waited as I walked down the hallway to where my office was located in my home. I sat down at my desk and said, “Okay, I’m now in my office, pen in hand, and ready to write.”

I knew enough to follow his instructions. Every time Savy suggested that I do something, I followed through. His advice always produced amazing results. This man knew what he was talking about. He was a self-made billionaire who came from nothing and created success in every area of his life. His results spoke for themselves.

“Ready?” he asked.

“Yes, ready.”

“Write this statement down: I am so happy and so grateful that there is only perfect health in every part of my body. I choose to mentally move from my head to my toes setting up a positive healthy vibration. Every molecule of my body is vibrating in perfect harmony with all the good I desire. It is so. Thank you.”

I wrote down every word.

“Now, I want you to put that statement somewhere visible so that you see it every day. Perhaps leave it on your desk or tape it to the keyboard on your computer. But here’s the most important part: when you read it, feel it. Feel the result with every ounce of your being regardless of what is going on. You can use this statement to switch from negative to positive, out of fear and back into faith. And remember, I am here for you. As you go through this next phase of your life, look for the blessings. In every adversity, there is a seed of greatness. It may not seem like it at the time, but believe me, there are going to be many great and valuable blessings and lessons to come out of this experience.”

I wrote down, “Great and valuable blessings and lessons come from this experience.”

“Everything that you have created in your life, Sophie, from your dream home to your best-selling book, and building a very successful, thriving business, all came because of your effort. You know how to get the results you desire, even when there is no evidence of it in sight. The same energy to create a successful business can be used to create a successful outcome with your health. It is a matter of desire, decision, focus, and energy. You know how to do this, Sophie. I believe in you, and I believe in perfect health for you.”

“Thank you, Savy. I am grateful for you,” I said from my heart. “You are literally a life-saver in more ways than you know.”

[end of excerpt]

To find out what happened next, I suggest you get the book Savy Wisdom 2: The Sequel (wink).

I feel so blessed to have met the incredible Bob Proctor more than forty-three years ago. As a result of Bob Proctor’s teachings, my life has been transformed in extraordinarily positive ways. Can one person make a difference in your life? One man made a massive positive difference in mine. I believe he saved my life, more than once.

Look at the challenges, and adversities you’ve experienced in your life. What are the blessings from those experiences? What can you learn from it? What will you do with it? Is it as simple as taking lemons and making lemonade? Sometimes it is.

Peggy McColl

Peggy McColl is a New York Times Best-Selling Author
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