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from MUMPA’S Miracles PROLOGUE Blog 1 of 13

MY PERFECT YEAR: 2022 — with 365 minor adjustments!

Jocelyn was seven years old. One of seven. The oldest of seven. The one thing her mother, Evelyn, did prolifically was have babies. 

Brings to mind a favorite population studies joke: Somewhere on the planet a woman is delivering a brand-new infant four times every second. Our job is to find that woman and stop her.

Evelyn was fine with her first few babies. She had married in the church in Metro Manila and between her factory job and Tamir’s street business of repairing shoes, they could pay the rent and buy food. When her husband’s alcohol problem swallowed his being, Evelyn already had three little ones and a fourth on the way – this one not Tamir’s. The father could have been any “John”. Few of Evelyn’s patrons used protection. Evelyn earned more money that way. 

Jocelyn accompanied her mother, held her clothes, and collected payment, then ran home to hand the money to six-year-old Carmalita who would go out to shop. Food mostly and on rare occasions, cheap clothing. Shoes were a luxury for “family workers only”. Then, Jocelyn would run back for mom’s next trick.

During the frequent times that her mother and two older sisters were out, five-year-old Dalisay ran the household and babysat the four-three-two and one-year-olds. Cleaning, cooking, feeding, dressing, and entertaining.

 Eleven years later, Jocelyn Carolyn Galura would share this family’s story worldwide. She had become a public speaker in ceaseless demand. Jocelyn is wealthy now, certainly by the standards of the Galura family of yesteryear, but whether in London or New York, Tokyo or Sidney, the money she makes goes straight home. Her mother is gone to AIDS, Carmalita too from throat cancer. Dalisay, now sixteen, still runs the household, and the four babies are all straight-A students in school. The three oldest never attended school. Too busy getting the most out of every day. As before, they all live in metro Manila, just not adjacent to the garbage dump. 

So, you can imagine that on this early January day, it seems inconceivable to the seven-hundred twenty-four New Zealanders attending Jocelyn’s 2:00 P.M. presentation that she is here to present a mundane-sounding talk like:

“Getting the Most out of Every Day”

Seriously? After all, the crowd is already riveted, replete with tears, by her opening. Forget the personal development lecture, Jocelyn. Tell us the rest of your life story. That’s what seven hundred or so attendees in Auckland’s NZICC convention center are thinking. 

But their thinking is myopic.

Shortsighted because “Getting the Most out of Every Day” is what Jocelyn and her siblings learned to do every day. Eleven years later in their current iteration as a family, it is what they continue to do every day. 

STARVATION plus FAITH plus INSPIRATION will do that to human beings.

It is the essence of perhaps the most inspiring, practical, implementable advice for living each day to the fullest ever parlayed into a sixty-minute address. Nor did the crowd go wanting for “the rest of the story”!

Over the next thirteen weeks, Mumpa’s Miracles will deliver Jocelyn’s talk verbatim. We are more than confident that the life and times of the Galura family will transform your 2022 year into Your Perfect Year and each day of 2022 into Your Perfect Day so that you can fill your mind, heart, soul, and spirit with the most inspiring, practical, implementable plan ever devised.

  • Not by wealthy real estate gurus although there is nothing wrong with that.
  • Not by hot shot celebrities although there is nothing wrong with that.
  • Not by silver-tongued orators although there is nothing wrong with that.

So, listen, learn, and fill your soul. Isn’t that what usually makes our day?

from MUMPA’S Miracles 2022 edition: Blog 1 of 13

Next week we will begin Jocelyn’s speech and relay how her words were borne out of her experiences and that of a loving, imperfect mother and five sisters and one brother who overcame all odds to grow together and stay together while achieving more in 24 hours as children than we often achieve in a month as adults.

The remarkable discovery we will make early on is that every suggestion Jocelyn makes in her sixty-minute oration has been steel-tested in the crucible of life. We can stand confident that as we implement her admonitions as a large part of our daily routine, we will find ourselves achieving results on an exponential basis compared to virtually every other plan for daily living we have ever read about or heard presented.   


Mumpa Lawrence Durbin

MUMPA Lawrence Durbin, is an award-winning essayist, and Best Selling Author. A connoisseur of mysteries and thrillers, he writes extensively on the fantasy of all fantasies – human immortality. 

1000 Years of Talks with God, Science and Methuselah Speak! , release date November 15, 2021, is being relaunched by popular demand with a trilogy of thrillers to follow, each illuminating a newly-discovered aspect of human immortality. 

Mumpa became interested in the twin mysteries of physical and spiritual immortality thirty-five years ago while living in St. Augustine, Florida near the site of Ponce de Leon’s 1513 discovery, the Fountain of Youth.

He is a participating member of American Writers and Illustrators. MUMPA received his degree in Education and Government from Kent State University and a CFP degree from the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado. He has been a CFP instructor at the University of Akron, operated a 14-person firm for a dozen years, and has traveled the globe extensively, asking the question we all end up asking at some point in our lives…

Is that all there is? 

Fortunately for the rest of us, MUMPA answers that question convincingly with unimpeachable proofs, thrills, and a fast-paced, entertaining style…

NOT BY A LONG SHOT!


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