OG MANDINO: The Twelfth Angel

“Never… never… never… never… never… never… give up!”

Last year, my guy best friend gave me a book for my birthday. This book made him cry several times. It is fictional and inspiring. You can actually finish the book in one sitting, you just have to focus and reflect while reading it.

Let me share to you some life lessons I acquired from the book.

JFPV 103 (2)

  1. “Activities vital to a good leader: compassion, understanding, setting a good example, cooperation, teamwork, reaching toward mutual goals, encouragement, praise, and always striving to improve.”
  2. “You can handle this problem just like you’ve handled every other. Just be yourself and you‘ll come out fine.”
  3. “Values people will need to live a life filled with success and more important, peace and contentment.”
  4. “The precious lives that have been entrusted to us deserve every opportunity to develop to their fullest potential.”
  5. “I worked very hard at trying to fill every waking moment with some sort of activity, either of body or mind or both, so that I didn’t stumble and fall into that always nearby pool of despair.”
  6. “Be not grieved above the measure for thy deceased loved ones. They are not dead, but have only finished the journey which it is necessary for every one of us to take. We ourselves must go to that great place of reception in which they are all of them assembled and, in this general rendezvous of mankind, live together in another state of being.”
  7. “I believe that if you work very hard and put in some extra time and practice, you could become a good (ballplayer). The more we practice something, the better we get at it.”                                                                      SB Book
  8. “Day by day in every way I’m getting better and better!”
  9. “Never… never… never… never… never… never… give up!”
  10. “I trust in God. I love my country and will respect its laws. I will play fair and strive to win, but win or lose, I will always do my best.”
  11. “It’s all right, it’s all right. We all have bad days now and then. Ain’t nobody perfect.”
  12. “There are many people like plants. They suffer what is a terrible loss and they allow what has happened to turn them into a shriveled stalk, empty of hope and life. On the other hand, there are many, who will suffer the dried-up parts to just drop off and then they go right on living and breathing and singing and smiling as they keep producing lovely flowers, year after year, just as long as God can use them.”                                                                                 JFPV 096
  13. “Self-motivators – they could be a miracle treatment for so many if only we could get more people to believe in that mysterious power contained in simple words.”
  14. “Rewards aren’t much good if you can’t laugh and smile and enjoy them.”
  15. “Size, in the long run, has very little to do with competency or success.”

For book lovers out there, enjoy reading!

(c) Jennifer Francia P. Villanueva, RPm


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