C.J. Jos has published an Inspirational Book throughAmazon Kindle that can be downloaded on Kindle or on other devices. The‘Rich and Famous’ have always ignited our instinctive desire to peep into theirprivate lives, wondering who they were and what made them unique and differentfrom us. We like to know what helped them rise to such astounding heights, howmuch of their success came from heritage and birth, or whether it was all abouthard work and talent. We are curious to know how much luck played a role intheir ascendency to the throne, just being at the right place at the righttime.
We are interested in finding out about their family life,friends, and hobbies. Did their children grow up to their expectations? Whatkind of value system did they hold, and what were their personal habits? Werethey spiritual, practiced religion, and did they have a rich philosophy of lifeto sustain them at their difficult times? Above all, we wonder if they werehappy with their accomplishments. Did they go through the ups and downs of lifelike all of us? We know success and happiness may not always go hand in hand,and setbacks and gloomy days were parts of human life.
In this book, the author imagines conversing with thisexclusive group of people before they died, at a pivotal time in their life, tofind out how happy they were. The approaching end allowed them to reflect ontheir life more meaningfully, giving a better perspective of what was achievedand the mistakes made along the way. The author has described theirinspirational stories based on historical facts. Since their lives arewide-open books, it is easy to learn from their thoughts, words, and actions tofind out what helped most of them to be happy until the very end, while somelost it on the way and left the planet earth in a miserable state.
Happiness is a powerfuland positive emotion that adds color, excitement, and energy to daily humanexistence and provides deeper meaning and contentment to the human soul. Lifewithout it becomes like a drab, dreary, black-and-white, slow-motion movie witha broken reel. By contrast, happiness would be the vision of Julie Andrewserupting like a golden fountain on the beautiful Salzburg hills in Austria, inthe movie ‘Sound of Music,’ her utterly perfect pitch exploding withoptimistic, cheerful lyrics, “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens… Cream-colored ponies and crispapple strudels…”
The stories of Rich and Famous presented in this book areeducational that allow the readers to learn from their successes and failures.Since human life is embedded in imperfection, it should not come as a surprise that none of them had a ‘perfect’life. However, several of them enjoyed their journey to the fullest andcompleted the tasks they were entrusted with, while several others struggled tothe exit lane. Many had regrets about the choices they made on the way, thuscomplicating their lives.
78-year-old Mahatma Gandhi derived hishappiness through God and religion and dedicated his life to the country.However, he regretted letting down his own family and admitted that it wasimpossible to be the Father of a Nation and Father to his childrensimultaneously.
74-year-old Big Cosby deflected thequestion on happiness, saying it was nothing more than good health and impairedmemory, with no insight into how he had brought up his children. All the sons from his first marriage becamealcoholics, and two committed suicide.
82-year-old Sigmund Freud, the Father of Psychoanalysis,struggled with a major regret: picking up a smoking habit at a young age andpaying the price through deadly cancer. He tried to comfort himself with painmedications and the loving care of his daughter.
49-year-old Arthur Ashe, with a distinguishedtennis career, struggled until the end with the question: Why me? Why did Ibecome a victim of heart attacks at a young age? Why did I receive acontaminated blood transfusion? Why did I get infected with AIDS? Toughquestions seeking answers.
69- year- old Saddam Hussein, defiant until thevery end, stood at the gallows wearing a black overcoat and carrying theQur’an. He declined a hood to cover up his head. He was tormented continuouslyby the hooded executioners, shouting: Go to hell – Go to hell.
63-year-old Audrey Hepburn, despite all theearly hardships in life, found happiness in her distinctive way. Her love fornature was a big part of it. She believed ‘life was a continuous miracle andthe most important thing to enjoy, to be happy; it’s all that mattered.’
64-year-old Sammy Davis Jr. tried to builda good life with his excellent talents and friendships. He admitted it was noteasy. The final downfall was brought on by his four-packs a day smoking habit,and deadly cancer followed. He was financially bankrupt in the end, in spite ofthe wealth he accumulated.
84-year-old Thomas Edison professed thatthe great three essentials to achieve anything worthwhile in life were hardwork, stick-to-itiveness, and common sense. Even with such a sound philosophy,his children struggled to grow up under his shadow.
64-year-old Jackie Kennedy admitted: I havebeen through a lot and suffered greatly. Every moment one lives is differentfrom the other. Good, bad, hardship, joy, tragedy, and love are all interwoveninto one single, indescribable whole life. Her life ended too soon from cancer.
66-year-old Jesse Owens struggled back athome despite his astounding feats in the Berlin Olympics. He ran againstanimals, downplayed his race, and tried to please the White man. However, inthe end, he found his true happiness in family and friends.
92-year-old Walter Cronkite, the person cited as‘the most trusted man in America’, believed he used his God-given abilities tothe maximum. A significant regret for him was his early retirement. However, hecontinued to be happy throughout his long married life.
90-year-old Winston Churchill kept hissense of humor until the very end. He said: I am at peace with myself and readyto meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meetingme, is another matter.
45-year-old Nat King Cole struggledthroughout his life to find out what true happiness was in a racist world. Inthe end, he came to peace with himself and was able to say: The mostsignificant thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.
36-year-old Princess Diana could not findhappiness inside the royal palace, so she stepped outside seeking it: It cameso natural – Anywhere I saw suffering that is where I want to be – Nothingbrings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people insociety.
65-year-old Yul Brynner got a deadlysurprise when he developed lung cancer, even after quitting smoking 14 yearsago. He finally found his happiness, having a solid marriage and campaigningagainst smoking.
74-year-old Joseph Stalin believed – for acommunist, the day of individual happiness has passed. His one son became analcoholic, another son suicidal, and the daughter was always on the move. Inthe end, Stalin was suspicious that the Jewish doctors were trying to kill him.
65-year-old Walt Disney said: I am happy.Life is wonderful. God has been kind to me. He allowed me to use my creativityto the maximum – However, he wished if he had another 10 or 20 years, he couldhave made the world even better and happier. The heavy smoking killed him.
79-year-old Johnny Carson’s smoking and drinkinggot worse after retirement. His son became an alcoholic and met a tragic death.He refused to see his son when he was in the hospital. He blamed his mother forhis character flaws, calling her ‘Lady Macbeth,’ ‘The wicked witch.’
82-year-old Frank Sinatra explained: Youonly go around once, but once is enough if you play your cards right. The truthis, if not for my interest in music, I would have likely ended up in a life ofcrime. The man poured out his rich talents for his fans, throughout his life
36-year-old Marilyn Monroe often struggledin her life: I am going through a difficult time – I am all by myself now.Nobody to comfort me, nobody to hold my hands. I feel abandoned – My family demonsare catching up with me –It is becoming too much to carry.
96-year-old Bernard Shaw said at the end: Iwant to be all used up when I die. Dying is a troublesome business. There is apain to be suffered, and it wrings one’s heart, but death is a splendid thing,warfare accomplished, a beginning all over again, a triumph.
57-year-old Humphrey Bogart admitted: Ishould have taken care of myself early in my life. I messed it up by drinkingand smoking too much. Even with the cancer diagnosis, I could not stop, simplyswitching from scotch to martinis.
53-year-old Babe Ruth revealed: Even duringmy years of heavy drinking and womanizing; I’d pray t, God to help me tomeasure up to what He expected of me – My relationship with God is what helpedrelieve me of bitterness and hatred and a desire to get even.
87-year-old Helen Keller, who overcame thedifficulties of blindness and deafness, said: I thank God for my handicaps, forthrough them, I found myself and my work – The Word of God, freed from theblots and stains of barbarous creeds has been the joy and good of my life.
58-year-old Richard Burton could not findtrue happiness in wealth and fame, marriages and alcohol, God and religion. Hecould not understand why his father refused to acknowledge his talents,achievements, and acclaim. When he died, the son refused to attend the funeral.
42-year-old Elves Presley confessed to the pastor:I’m the most miserable young man you’ve ever seen. I’ve got all the money I’llever need to spend. I’ve got millions of fans. I’ve got friends. But I’m doingwhat you taught me not to do, and I’m not doing the things you taught me to do.
78-year-old Dwight Eisenhower succeeded atwar times and peace times and explained the secret behind it: Plenty of luckand being at the right place at the right time. He also had a solid valuesystem, deep religious faith, joy of golfing, and family support to help him.
97-year-old John Rockefeller claimed hetook maximum advantage of American capitalism. The religious man did not smoke,drink, play cards, dance, or go to the theater. He made it up for it by livingby the dictum: Gain all you can, save all you can, and give all you can.
73-year-old Charles Darwin struggledbetween his Theory of Evolution and his belief in God. Thedeath of his nine-year-old daughter made him question the concept of survivalof the fittest. On his deathbed, he told his wife: Tell all my children toremember how good they have been to me.
The book ends with the author quoting the words of wisdomespoused by Arthur Ashe, on Happiness.
Happiness… keeps you Sweet! Trials … keep you Strong!
Sorrows… keep you, Human! Failure … keeps you Humble!
Success… keeps you Glowing! But only, Faith … keeps you going!
Sometimesyou are not satisfied with your life, while many people in this world are dreaming of living your life.
Achild on a farm sees a plane fly overhead and dreams of flying, while a pilot on the plane sees the farmhouse and dreamsof returning home.
Enjoyyours … If wealth is the secret to happiness, then the rich should be dancing on the streets.
Butonly poor kids do that!
Ifpower ensures security, then VIPs should walk unguarded.
Butthose who live simply, sleep soundly.
Ifbeauty and fame bring ideal relationships, then celebrities should have the best marriages!
Livesimply, and be happy! Walk humbly and love genuinely!