Last week, I wrote to Francis J. Kong and asked permission to link his site to my blogs. Oh boy, he answered my email. I blogged about him a few days ago, Meet Francis J. Kong, My Idol.
I just have to buy his book, The Early Bird Catches the Worm But the Second Mouse Gets the Cheese. And so this afternoon, we all went to Power Books. A slim volume at 131 pages but packed with words of wisdom and lovely anecdotes that you can’t simply put down. It’s a bit pricey though at P410.00. It’s a Mother’s Day gift to myself, haha, so the price is justified. He has published several other books like Only the Real Matters, Life’s Work, 3 Little Words, Just When You think You Can’t Do It…Do It, Why Don’t You Grow Up Dad?, and the four-volume, One Day At A Time. I took a glimpse of them all, after all, reading is free at Power Books, you can even finish one without buying it. How cool is that? And to give you a glimpse of what is on the cover, I am quoting them here.
If you can start the day without caffeine or pep pills,
If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
if you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time,
If you can overlook when people take things out on you
When through no fault of yours, something goes wrong,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment
if you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help
if you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
Then, you are almost as good as your dog!
P.S. Yes, there certainly are a lot of things a dog can do without. And so can you!