I will be the first one to admit that I am not a great writer. As I have indicated previously, by the time I realized how bad of a writer I was, I was too successful to quit.
In spite of my bad writing, it still has resulted in hundreds of positive letters, e-mails, and phone calls about my books from readers. This is one of the magical rewards that come with being a writer — knowing that people are benefiting from your books.
Here is an e-mail that I just received from Deepal Peiris in Sri Lanka.
- Dear Ernie J. Zelinski
My good friend Anil Fernando now living in Edmonton sent two of your books How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free and 101 Really Important Things You Already Know, But Keep Forgetting, with your personal endorsement addressed to me.
I am not an ardent reader but I finished reading both your books and now have taken to reading as a hobby.
Your letter to your mother that you placed in the chapter called Thank Your Mother a Lot While She Is Still Alive in your book 101 Really Important Things You Already Know, But Keep Forgetting is extreamly touching as my aged mother now 89 is hoping to celebrate her 90 th birthday in December.
I gained a lot by reading your well written books and I shall continue to "LIVE" without simply "EXISTING".
Thank you Ernie and I wish you all the very best and hoping to read more of your books.
May the Good Lord bless you!!
Mologoda Estate, Mologoda 71016, Sri Lanka
Note: Here are some other chapter titles from 101 Really Important Things You Already Know, But Keep Forgetting,
- One true friend is worth more than 10,000 superficial ones.
- Good deeds are seldom remembered; bad deeds are seldom forgotten.
- The surest way to failure is trying to please everyone.
- Your past is always going to be the way it was - so stop trying to change it.
- A walk or run in nature is the best medicine for many of your ailments.
- The shortcut to being truly fit and trim is long-term rigorous action.
- Compromising your integrity for money, power, or fame will come back to haunt you.
- If the grass on the other side of the fence is greener, try watering your side.
- No matter how successful you become, the size of your funeral will still depend on the weather.
- Be happy while you are alive because you are a long time dead.
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