A few things to ponder:

1. Everyone has choices and everything is a choice. Why should I, or anyone else, feel badly about the choice that you made? Or try to fix that choice? No one feels badly for my choice and I have to fix them myself when I screw up. It’s called personal responsibility.

2. The easy way is never the best way. What do you learn if everything comes so simple? Nothing at all. You don’t learn through simplicity, you don’t grown through it either. You learn and grow through complexity.

3. In life you must always put forth more effort than you are even aware that you have. You have to constantly drive for what you want. Sometimes all that energy has to be poured into simply getting up that day. That is ok too. Do whatever it takes to get things done.

4. People say that you will only regret the things that you didn’t try. I don’t think this is true. I never tried crack or meth and I don’t think I will ever regret that decision either.

5. Perspective rules all. It is not what you go through but how you see it that dictates what you feel about it. No one, I repeat No one, can take away from you what you do not give them, either by action on your part or inaction.

6. It is not required of you that you know and understand everything. What is required of you is that you stay open enough to try to understand it.

7. It is not your job to figure out the meaning of life. That is on your God, or the universe, whatever your belief is. What is on you is to infuse your life with meaning. Put as much into your life as you expect to get back out of it. You may not get it back right away, but you will get it back when you need it most.

8. Understand that not everything is about you. Sometimes other people go through things, so what they are doing to you has nothing to do with you in particular. The easiest person for us to vent on is the one closest to us. It doesn’t make it right, but it does make it forgivable.

9. Fear drives every single thing we do. From the moment of birth to death. We do what we do, think what we think, and strive for what we strive for, all because of a fear of something. If you will examine motives for anything that you or anyone else has done or thought, you will find that the common denominator is fear. Control that fear and you can remove your anxiety. But that takes letting go of a really comfortable zone.

10. Live each day. Don’t waste time wishing you could do this or that. Do what you can, right now.

If you made it all the way through this then you may finally understand why I have so much trouble sleeping at night. Have a great day people!