HAVE you ever wondered why this column was called “My Dearest…”?
12 years ago, I publicly challenged myself, in a practice speech I made as a neophyte Toastmaster, to leave an intangible legacy. It would be in the form of a book to my dearest children. I declared to the members present that I would start writing a book and finish it in three months.
I did, and had it published within the targeted period.
During the writing and editing of the book by Susan Delenela, and checking of grammar by the late Mrs. Carmelita Mayo, I must have read and reread each article at least five to 10 times. I must have had enough of the book and its contents, as I did not want to reread the entire book again, though I had used the book as a reference for certain topics in various sharing in the past. In fact, after the book was published, I got more invitations to speak, and even on parenting seminars, aside from the usual talks on business and entrepreneurship.
However, last week, I started reading the book from the first page, as I was searching for a topic I could not find by simply checking out the titles in the table of contents.
Sometime after reading a quarter of the book, I decided to finish the entire book, and I did.
In between, I took pictures of several articles and sent to my dearest children thru the “Telegram” app on my phone.
Here are some of the messages I wrote together with the articles I attached:
“My Dearest Children, I am currently rereading the book, “My Dearest Children”. Please, please read and apply what I have written. Except for minor edits, I believe and am convinced that all the contents are worth knowing and applying. David and Jess, I pray daily for wisdom for you in your choice of a spouse. [after the article “Choosing a Spouse” and the article on “Compatibility”.]
In another message I wrote, “To any potential spouse you may consider in the future, please let that person read the book, and apply its contents. James, please let Conrad [my grandson] read the book as a teen, as an adult, and several times before he settles down, and please advise him to read it throughout his life. It will surely help him.”
Truly the book is a “classic” [in my personal opinion], and will stand the test of time.
I must end these self-serving words, as I am not a book critic, but acting as a self –serving and very biased evaluator. He he he
My dearest children,
I know you might not have read the book again after 12 years. Why am I quite sure you have all read it at least once? Because I remember giving all of you a quiz on the book after promising you prizes for getting the right answers, just to make sure that you, my dearest children, read my book.
May you go over it again, with a new perspective, and find value and wisdom in what the bible, my parents, teachers, mentors, and friends have shared with me in our common journey thru life.
As the bible says in Proverbs 8:10-11: “Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.”
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on May 20, 2017.
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