Pep Talk by Dante Corteza Burnt biscuits PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 00:00

(I am sharing a story passed by well-known book author and inspirational speaker Francis Kong as we celebrate Labor’s Day today. Accepting differences in the work place, between employees, the staff and the boss, and learning to appreciate efforts of people.)

I received a very inspiring story from Guillermo Go yesterday and would like to share this with you. I do not have the original source of where this story came from but nevertheless it is so inspiring everyone should be able to read this.

Should you be able to trace the origin of this story and more importantly the author of it, please let me know so we can give proper credits.

Here is the story:

When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my Mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!

Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my Mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that ugly burned biscuit. He ate every bite of that thing…. never made a face nor uttered a word about it!

When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my Mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I’ll never forget what he said: “Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then.” Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, “Your Mom put in a hard day at work today and she’s real tired. And besides – a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!”

As I’ve grown older, I’ve thought about that many times. Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I’m not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else.

But what I’ve learned over the years is that learning to accept each other’s faults and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences – is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

And that’s my prayer for you today… that you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He’s the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn’t a deal-breaker! We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!

“Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket – keep it in your own.”

So, please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burned one will do just fine.

And PLEASE pass this along to someone who has enriched your life – I just did!

Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

“Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil – it has no point.”

I am also featuring pictures of Francis Kong when he became a speaker for a forum for JCI (Jaycee) Philippines under the presidency of Zamboangueno Engr. Randolf “Boboy” Ruste in Antipolo City last year. Under Ruste, year 2012 was one of the banner years for this organization that aims to develop the leadership of young men and women of our country. Two years ago, Zamboanga City hosted the national convention of JCI.