From this source.
Glad to have found this amazing piece of essay from Og Mandino’s book while I was having an inventory of the donated books from a former high school sponsor-turned online friend and now our school’s benefactor.
The First Commandment of Success:
Thou Must Labor Each Day As If Thy Life Hung In The Balance.
You were not created for a life of idleness. You cannot eat from sunrise to sunset or drink or play or make love. Work is not your enemy but your friend. If all manner of labor were forbidden to thee you would fall to your knees and beg an early death.
You need to love the tasks you do. Even kings dream of other occupations. Yet you must work and it is how you do, not what you do, that determines the course of your life. No man who is careless with his hammer will ever build a palace.
You may work grudgingly or you may work gratefully; you may work as a human or you may work as an animal. Still, there is no work so rude that you may not exalt to it; no work so demeaning that you cannot breathe a soul into it; no work so dull that you may not enliven it.
Always perform all that is asked of you and more. Thy reward will come.
Know that there is only one certain method of attaining success and that is through hard work. If you are unwilling to pay this price for distinction, be prepared for a lifetime of mediocrity and poverty.
Pity those who abuse you and ask why you deliver so much in return for so little. Those who give less, receive less.
Never be tempted to diminish your efforts, even if ye should labor for another. You are no less a success if someone is paying you to work for yourself. Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
Be grateful for your tasks and their demands. If it were not for your work, no matter how distasteful it may seem, you could neither eat so much, nor relish so pleasantly, nor so sleep so soundly, nor be so healthful, nor enjoy the secure smiles of gratitude from those who love you for what you are, not for what you do.
Blessings do abound us whenever the Yuletide season comes. When I was a young child, this time of the year is the event I looked forward to experience. Though I did not always have my childish wishes granted.
As I grow older, this season stresses me whenever I would look open the material aspect of embracing the season. The merriment derived from experiencing this loveliest season, of course, is priceless.
Material presents bring joy but what remains the most precious are those that are intangible and are perceived beyond our sight.
Speaking of gifts, here as my final entry for the year 2010 is my inbox for December. [Note: I was unable to transcribe some of the quotes sent in my inbox since I intentionally deleted all the items after my unit had an annoying memory lapse. I have learned later that it was because of the anti-virus application I downloaded and installed in my unit some time in the first week of December.]
“Friend means trusting yourself with someone who has seen you at your worst and loves you anyway…
It means teasing each other and laughing at inside jokes nobody but only the two of you understands…
It means feeling safe enough to talk about anything and having the patience to work with disagreements.
It means counting on someone who sympathizes when you had a bad day, worries about when you’re gone too long…
And always welcomes you with open arms.”
Maricel [December 7, 2010; 3:28pm]
“True happiness is not about a big laugh or tears of joy… It’s about a simple smile whenever you remember someone who made your life simply but completely happy.”
Rhan [December 17, 2010; 7:22pm]
“There is nothing wrong about being happy… especially when you know it’s about time that you deserve to be…”
Ireed [December 11, 2010; 6:30am]
Mia Bristol [December 9, 2010; 5:31am]
“One of life’s greatest hypocrisy:
‘it hurts when you see the one you love with somebody else,
But still you keep on staring…”
Sandy [December 12, 2010; 8:18am]
“Once you get jealous, that’s the time you could say that you really love that person…
Jealousy is not a sign of no trust but a sign of possessiveness…
A sign that you are afraid that someone might steal your special someone away from you… It’s not a sign of immaturity but rather, Love.”
Dahlia [December 11, 2010; 10:28pm]
“The value of life does not depend on the length of time spend on earth but rather on the amount of love given and shared to people we cared about.”
Maysie [December 13, 2010; 8:36pm]
“There is significance in every moment, and the beauty of life is that you can create your own destiny.”
Jing [December 12, 2010;8:37am]
“In whatever path you choose to take, make sure that you enjoy it. Be happy! Your life is a gift from God, what you make out of this life is your gift back to God!”
Kuya Boboy [December 12, 2010; 8:29am]
“One of the lessons life taught me is to let go of the people who cannot treat you right and never bother to waste time pleasing them…
Hold on to those who love you back because they are the one ones who are much worthy…
of your time…
of your love…
A great life is all about doing something rare:
Cherish without comparing…
Forgive without blaming…
And love without counting…
Dahlia [December 11, 2010; 5:27pm]
“Life can be happier and less stressful if we remember one simple thought: We can’t have all that we desire, but God will give us all that we deserve!”
Bu Mam Elinor [December 11, 2010; 9:41am]
“It’s not the presence of someone that brings meaning to life.
But the way, that someone touches your heart that gives life a beautiful meaning.”
Felizardo [December 6, 2010; 11:53pm]
“Every person around you is going to heart you at some point of time… But it’s up to you to decide what is important… the pain or the person.”
Ireed [December 5, 2010; 7:34 am]
“When people walk away from you, let them go. It means that your destiny is never tied to anyone who leaves you and it doesn’t mean that they are bad people. It means that their part in your story is over!
But the show must go on with its new characters…
Sir Ross [December 14, 2010; 3:29pm]
“Special people are cherished beyond all worldly measures, for in ourmemor they shine brighter than gold and last longer than diamonds.”
Mam Joji [December 13, 2010; 5:31am]
“We can’t control how someone reacts…
So let’s give each person in our lives the same thing that we seek for ourselves… RESPECT!”
Sheena [December 11, 2010; 10:24pm]
“1o things that bring success:
10. Making the right choices no matter how difficult.
9. Being generous;
8. Working hard at something you like or that is required of you;
7. Starting over after making mistakes.
6. Choosing good friends.
5. Loving others in spite of their faults.
4. Living peacefully with others.
3. Believing that God loves you unconditionally.
2. Talking to God in prayers.
1. Discovering God’s purpose in our life.
SMEG [December 13, 2010; 1;45pm]
“Strong people are given much trials and heartaches because it is believed that they can overcome such pain… that they are brave…
But sometimes we get so tired that we just want to scream and give up.
When that certain time comes that you can no longer walk on your own, God helps you carry your pain… For as long as God is here, giving up is never a choice!”
Janelle [December 06, 2010; 8:13pm]
“Wisdom is acquired oftentimes when we stumble, not when we succeed.
Our defeats leave us wiser than our triumphs.
By faith, we live.
By love, we serve.
By patience, we understand.
And by sharing, we give joy!
Mam Michelle [December 11, 2010; 6:30am]
May I extend my warmest thanks to the following wonderful people who never failed to send their Yuletide prayers and quotes for me…
I love you guys and I wish you also a blessed Christmas.
Mam Annabelle Nace [December 25, 2010; 5:01 pm]
Mam Joji [December 25, 2010; 3:06pm]
Mam Bing [December 25, 2010; 10:14am]
Alena [December 25, 2010; 9:56am]
“Wishing you the timeless treasures of Christmas, the warmth of home, the love of family, and the company of good friends… Have a blessed Christmas!”
Mam Cynthia [December 25, 2010; 3:37pm]
“C –hrist gave
H- imself as a
R – eward so that
I – ndividuals know the
S – acrifices
T – hat He did for
M – ankind to
A – chieve the gift of
S – alvation
Marivic [December 25, 2010; 12; 50pm]
“My dozen Christmas wishes for you”
1. Sunrise after the darkest of nights.
2. Friends who bring out the best in you.
3. A love that makes you smile… smile… happy…
4. Believe that anything is possible with the Lord.
5. Courage to finally do what you’ve been putting off.
6. Time for yourself.
7. Promises that are not broken.
8. An answered prayer.
9. A heart that forgives.
10. A Christmas feeling all year round.
11. A Soul that heals and
12. A good life and good health for you and your family.
Mam Emma [December 25, 2010; 11:13am]