1. When life does not give me what I want, the fault might not lie with life, but with my expectations.
2. When I want something badly and do not get it, God invariably compensates for it by giving me something else, usually much better. I just have to make sure that my disappointment does not prevent me from noticing that.
3. Sometimes, when I got what I wanted, I realized that it was not as big a deal as I imagined it to be and the euphoria of success died away too soon. Mostly, the effort and the anxiety are way more enjoyable than the actual success.
4. What I got (or didn’t get) are things of the past. What I am and can be are things that drive me forward.
5. Ignoring or suppressing the pain does not help. It is okay to cry and get it out of your system. Sometimes all a pain requires from you is acknowledgement.
6. Convincing myself that nothing bad would ever happen is futile. Becoming the person who can transform any tragedy into an opportunity is much more fun.
7. When my brain tells me that I just cannot go on, I just need to tell my brain that I can. The brain gets tired and just needs a little rest, I need to empty it of all fears and thoughts and then fill it with what I want.
8. Courage does not mean that I don’t feel pain; it means that I don’t let it hamper my progress.
9. Failure to feel any pain is not valor; it is numbness and could signal a mental or physical malfunction.
10. Life is sometimes like a video game. When it gets hard, it just means that you have played well and have reached a higher level.