How a woman changes
BUSINESS MATTERS BEYOND THE BOTTOM LINE - Francis J. Kong (The Philippine Star) - May 10, 2020 - 12:00am

I clipped and kept this article taken from a magazine and I would like you to take a look at this. I could not trace the authorship of it, but this article does say something nice, funny, and meaningful at the same time.

Age 8: Looks at herself and sees herself as “Cinderella/ Sleeping Beauty.”

Age 15: Looks at herself and sees herself as “Cinderella/ Sleeping Beauty/ Cheerleader or sees fat/ pimples/ Ugly. (Mom I can’t go to school looking like this!)”

Age 20: Looks at herself and sees “too fat/ too thin, too short/ too tall, too straight/ too curly”- but decides she is going anyway.

Age 30: Looks at herself and sees “too fat/ too thin, too short/ too tall, too straight/ too curly” but decides she doesn’t have time to fix it, so she goes anyway.

Age 40: Looks at herself and sees “too fat/ too thin, too short/ too tall, too straight/ too curly” but says: “At least I’m clean” and goes anyway.

Age 50: Looks at herself and sees “I am” and goes wherever she wants to.

Age 60: Looks at herself and reminds herself of all the people who can’t even see themselves in the mirror anymore. Goes out and conquers the world.

Age 70: Looks at herself and sees wisdom, laughter and ability, goes out and enjoys life.

Age 80: Doesn’t bother to look. Just puts on a purple hat and goes out to have fun with the world.

Why does it take people so long to be themselves? And if you think I’m pounding on women guess again. And what about men? I guess this will be for another time and another occasion due to space limitation.

Today is a special day. I know that most of you like me are in an extended period of ECQ. But do not forget to honor the special women in your life – your mother and also your wife. Sometimes we need the department stores to remind us about Mother’s Day and how important we need to honor mothers but with most of the malls and department stores closed we should not forget.

For your mom you can still call her or zoom her. Greet her a “Happy Mother’s Day” so that she will know you remembered. You might want to buy them dinner -- food delivery for now of course; Send her a gift, online stores are open all the time. Let them know you remember and that you care.

Another story of old that I have kept. Remember the time when phones still were landlines and had answering machines on them? There is this particular mother who left this message:

“Hello. This is your Mother!

If you want my advice: PRESS 1

If you want to argue: PRESS 2

If you want to leave a message: WAIT FOR THE TONE

If you want to aggravate me or borrow money:  HANG UP!”

Mothers are so experienced people, aren’t they?

The mother of three notoriously unruly youngsters was asked whether or not she’d have children if she had it to do over again. “Sure,” she replied, “but not the same ones.”

But let me give you one more story for the day. And this one is a true story:

“Years ago, a young mother was making her way across the hills of South Wales, carrying her tiny baby in her arms, when she was overtaken by a blinding blizzard.

She never reached her destination and when the blizzard had subsided her body was found by searchers beneath a mound of snow.

But they discovered that before her death, she had taken off all her outer clothing and wrapped it about her baby. When they unwrapped the child, to their great surprise and joy, they found he was alive and well. She had mounded her body over his and given her life for her child, proving the depths of her motherly love.

Years later that child, David Lloyd George, grown to manhood, became prime minister of Great Britain, and, without a doubt, one of England’s greatest statesmen.1

The Bible says that we are to honor our fathers and our mothers. Honor your mothers not only on Mother’s Day but for all the days of your life. And to all the mothers out there, “Happy Mother’s Day.” Celebrate at home. Don’t go out. Be safe.

(Connect with Francis Kong in Or listen to “Business Matters” Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. over 98.7 DZFE-FM ‘The Master’s Touch’, the classical music station.)

1 James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988), p. 375.

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