greatest salesman in the world

So long as I can laugh never will I be poor.  This, then, is one of nature’s greatest gifts, and I will waste it no more.  Only with laughter and happiness can I truly become a success.  Only with laughter and happiness can I enjoy the fruits of my labor.  Were it not so, far better would it be to fail, for happiness is the wine that sharpens the taste of the meal.  To enjoy success I must have happiness, and laughter will be the maiden who serves me.
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        Who is of so little faith that in a moment of great disaster or heartbreak has not called to his God? Who has not cried out when confronted with danger, death, or mystery beyond his normal experience or comprehension? From where has this deep instinct come which escapes from the mouth of all living creatures in moments of peril?

        Move your hands in haste before another’s eyes and his eyelids will blink. Tap another on his knee and his leg will jump. Confront another with dark horror and his mouth will say, “My God” from the same deep impulse.

        My life need not be filled with religion in order for me to recognize this greatest mystery of mature. All creatures that walk the earth, including man, possess the instinct to cry for help. Why do we possess this instinct, this gift?

        Are not cries a form of prayer? Is it not incomprehensible in a world governed by nature’s laws to give a lamb, or a mule, or a bird, or man the instinct to cry out for help lest some great mind has also provided that the cry should be heard by some superior power having the ability to hear and to answer our cry? Henceforth I will pray, but my cries for help will only be cries for guidance.

Never will I labor to be happy; rather will I remain too busy to be sad.  I will enjoy today’s happiness today.  It is not grain to be stored in a box.  It is not wine to be saved in a jar.  It cannot be saved for the morrow.  It must be sown and reaped on the same day and this I will do, henceforth.
—  Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World
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“Michael and his sister La Toya sit on the ledge of a bay window at his home in Encino. We were taking photographs for Newsweek, and I asked him to grab a couple of books that he liked. He returned with this book of Maxfield Parrish paintings and a volume on the old Dutch Masters. His other favorites at the time were Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie and The Greatest Salesman in the World, a parable combining spiritual inspiration and salesmanship by Og Mandino. When we spoke of books, though, he tended to refer to picture books. He lived in a world of images.”
–Todd Gray, Before He Was King

Never will I labor to be happy; rather will I remain too busy to be sad.  I will enjoy today’s happiness today.  It is not grain to be stored in a box.  It is not wine to be saved in a jar.  It cannot be saved for the morrow.  It must be sown and reaped on the same day and this I will do, henceforth.