Do As I Say, Not As I Do - Wisdom from a Dying Father: Written and Illustrated by Edward Robirds
Do As I Say, Not As I Do: A Little Book of Wisdom for Living Well from a Dying Father

A Little Book about Living Well from a Dying Father

Written and illustrated by Edward Robirds

If you found out today that you were going to die within the next two weeks, what would you do?

And how would your life be suddenly changed?

Would you quit your job? Who would you go see? Who would you forgive? Would anyone's opinion of you still matter? How would your food taste? Would you finally make the time to work on your bucket list?

Or would you spend your last days in anguish, filled with regret for all of the wasted time, selfishly praying for immortality?

What would you leave behind?

Death is a natural part of living. And I not only want to live well, but I plan on dying well. No tears. No pain. No regrets. I want to celebrate life fully now, and on my death bed be surrounded by the ones I love most...laughing, sharing memories, and just being grateful for a life well-lived.

And part of the reality that I may die at any moment inspired me to write this book for my children (and grandchildren), and it's a project that I've been working on for a long, long time. Luckily, life has graciously given me time to complete the work.

I have made many mistakes in my life. We all have. The title "Do As I Say, Not As I Do" refers to my desire to help prevent others from repeating the same mistakes I have (and continue to make). Sure, a mistake is another name for a "learning experience," but some of these can be quite painful to live through.

This book is an itemized list, a reference guide of sorts, containing thoughts and ideas that are deep and yet simple. You won't find a lot of fluff, but direct and to-the-point notes to think about and consider. Told through my artwork, philosophy, poetry, and humor, you will find advice and wisdom on courage, loving yourself, facing problems, the creative process, relationships, compassion, the gift of giving, and living a fulfilling life (among other things).

There's also a set of 100 life questions that we should all ask ourselves and answer before we die (with room to write and draw).

I believe this book is valuable, but there is a chance that it may not be for you. I haven't held back or sugar-coated anything. You might not agree with everything I have written, and there's even a chance you'll be offended by the language and artwork included in the book. Worst of all, you may not get my sense of humor. That's OK.

Regardless, please do not waste your short life being unhappy.

Spend life actively pursuing your dreams, being generous, and working to improve yourself and the world around you. Be the person you were born to be. You will make loads of mistakes in your lifetime, but each one will always make you a better person.

And do not let anyone stand in your way.

Especially yourself.


Purchase Information

I've worked hard to keep pricing as low as possible (after all, I didn't write the book to make money). Unfortunately, the cost of printing a book in full-color is a bit more than standard black and white printing and I'm not willing to sacrifice on quality.

The hardcover with dust jacket version is printed on thick 70 lb white paper using premium color. The paperback version is printed on 55 lb white paper. Both versions of this reference guide contain over 20 pieces of full-color artwork and are roughly the same size (5" x 8").

* The eBook version is text-only, and does not contain the artwork, poetry, puzzles, or other graphics.

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