I trust that you are a cool fellow.
In this letter, I would like to mention some things on this matter of “being cool.” Now you may think it strange that I am writing on the subject of being cool in a book of this nature. But, in my opinion, being cool is important. In fact, being cool is a cool thing to do.
What coolness is not…
Now being cool is not necessarily wearing your cap on backwards, or having your pants hanging off your tail. Coolness is not necessarily having an N.B.A. jacket on twice your size. Coolness is not having three or four girlfriends and having babies by each of them. Being cool is not smoking, drinking and doing drugs. Coolness is not carrying a gun or being a part of a gang. It is not skipping school to hang with the boys. Friend of mine, I am not merely suggesting that these things are not cool. I know these things are not cool. Get away from foolishness and learn how to be really cool.
So what is real coolness?
Real coolness in my book is being prepared so that you will never look un-cool. Real coolness is being un-ruffled at the various vicissitudes of life. Brother-Friend, real coolness is that quiet confidence in knowing that God is in control and knowing that everything will be alright. Coolness is having inexplicable peace, joy and calmness even in the midst of the storms of life. God calls this peace and joy “peace that passeth all understanding” (Philippians 4:7) and “joy unspeakable” (I Peter 1:8). To me, being cool is also being able to express yourself clearly even when you are under fire. Being cool is being able to keep your tongue under control even from defending yourself from the accusations of fools.
In closing, let me say that coolness is knowing what to do, how to do it, and when to do it.
Are you really “cool,” friend? Or do you just look cool?
Yours For Never Letting Them See You Sweat,
P.T.: “The secret of success is to be like a duck — smooth and unruffled on top, but paddling furiously underneath.” —Unknown