My Birthday Surprise
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My best wishes for many happy returns of the day!
Aug 16, 2013
Yes, it was birthday time again,
August 16th. Kengo Mori of Mitaka-shi,
had reached yet another major plateau
in his life – age 45.
Ken was a high flier, a born leader,
and a man of many accomplishments.
There was no doubt about it - Ken was
a legend in his own mind.
Jun, Momo and Erika had planned a
big birthday bash for Ken this year.
Hand-written invitations had been sent
to all his friends.
Fortunately for Jun, Momo and
Erika, the job had been very easy.
Only a few invitations had to be
Jun, Momo and Erika had spent a
lot of time developing a theme for this
special birthday party. It was
The ten keys to success
in your life
Obviously, the theme was a very
popular one. The party room was
Jun, Momo and Erika started his
success story by explaining that the
path Ken had followed through life had
been met with a series of closed doors.
0ver the years, judging from the shape
of his beak many of these doors had
been slammed in his face.
Despite these setbacks, Ken had still
managed to become a success in
Mitaka-shi. It was evident that these
ten keys had worked a miracle for Ken.
Ken and the rest of the party group
were quiet when Jun, Momo and Erika
announced the first key to his success.
"Always be full of hot air"
Ken had devoted much of his life to
achieving this goal. Those who knew
him agreed that he was definitely full
The second key of success was
Ken maintained his youthful
appearance by following a strict
exercise program. His favorite activity
seemed to be jogging to the
Unfortunately, staying young was
difficult after 45 birthday celebrations.
In fact, lighting the candles on his
birthday cake was considered a fire
hazard for Ken and everyone else
present at the party.
"No mountain is too hard to climb"
was another component of the success
formula for Ken.
Anyone who had ever seen Ken
demolish a mountain of ice cream
topped with whipped cream and a
cherry realized the truth of this
statement. He could whittle it down in
The fourth key was a critical
factor in making Ken the success he is.
"Surround yourself with intelligent,
Ken always kept snapshots of his
trusted friends in his wallet. Come to
think of it, that was about all you could
ever find in his wallet !
The excitement of the party had
almost been too much for everyone.
They decided to briefly interrupt this
spell-binding 'Success Story" and have
Ken open his many gifts.
Nobody had trouble buying Ken a
present. After all, what can't you buy
for a man who needs everything?
After watching Ken open his gifts,
the anxious crowd was eager to hear
the fifth key to his success. It was
Don't be a horse's… behind.
Unfortunately, Ken couldn't help
himself. It was just his nature.
The saga of Ken continued. The
next key to his success was
"Enjoy the sweet things in life."
There are many sweet things in life:
the presence of a wonderful
companion, adventure-filled vacations
and lots of money.
Whenever Ken wanted to enjoy
sweet things, he went to his pantry.
This was the only source of sweet
things for Ken.
The seventh key was vitally
important for social climbers like Ken:
"Don't forget from whence
On his long climb up the ladder of
success, Ken never once forgot his
roots. He was so very proud of all his
To really be successful, you must
"Only play games you can win."
Talented individuals like Ken pride
themselves on their athletic and
business prowess. Very few adults had
ever beaten Ken at any of his favorite
games. Everybody knew he would
have a temper tantrum if they did.
"Blow your own horn"
was certainly another vital part of
his success formula.
Everyone agreed that if Ken didn't
blow his own horn, nobody would do it
for him. In fact, he kept stacks of
horns and whistles handy for all the
important moments in his life. Ken
would do almost anything to call
attention to himself !
Ken always maintained that, to be
successful, you must
"Picture yourself as you want to be."
Ken thought that once he was
successful, his portrait would be hung
in the homes of all of his friends.
Now you know the ten keys to the
success in your life. We had originally
planned to have you say a few words,
but we remembered that brevity is not
one of your ten keys.
Congratulations on yet another
" successful" year. Happy Birthday!
Aug 16, 2013