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Essay By: Al & Eva C., Age 72, 69, Parents of Three,
Grandparents of Two, Entrepreneur E.M., N.Y.
To My Grandchildren, Those I Know, Those I Am about to Know and Those Who Will Know of Me After I Am Gone. In order to know your future, you must know your past. Make sure your father, as my father did, tells you of all the wonderful people you have in your family. My grandfather, was the sculptor who carved the famous lions outside the New York Public Library on 42nd and Fifth Ave.; my father's great-grandfather, the French Colonel living in the castle on Ischia; grandmother Eva's relatives, who were Danish Royalty and her other grandfather who were killed on the last day of World War I, November 11, 1918; in addition, other relatives too numerous to mention here. I would like to tell you all to be positive, not negative, don't waste your time, never be a quitter and all those other attributes that go with success, but I believe I will tell you about when grandmother Eva and I visited Beijing, Shanghai and Xian, China (where at 68 years of age Eva was one of the stars in a Chinese movie that won all the awards). See, it is never too late to be successful. We visited Emperor Ming's Tomb. The Emperor died 5,000 years ago. He was one of the best rulers of China. He wrote the key to his success was smiling. He actually commanded everyone in China to smile for better health and better wealth.
So, kids, keep smiling and all the good things you want for yourself will happen. Eva and I love you and if we are not around when you are, talk to us anyway. If you have a question, ask us, we'll get the answer to you one way or another. You are not alone. We'll be thinking of you always and someday we'll all meet again and have the greatest time you've ever had.
SmilingLove, Eva & Al, 1997
By: Emperor Ming. Circa 5,000 BCE
It costs nothing, but creates much. It enriches those who receive it, without impoverishing those who give it.
It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts
forever. None are so rich they can get along without it,
and none so poor but are richer for its benefits.
It creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in a
business, and is the countersign of friends.
It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged,
sunshine to the sad, and nature's best antidote for trouble.
Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen,
for it is something that is no earthly good to anyone until it
is given away! And if you should meet someone too tired or sick or
depressed to give you a smile, make sure you leave them one of yours. For no one needs a smile so much as those who have none left to give. The person with a smile is always welcome for it opens doors and hearts as if it was a key.
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