What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

I must be getting better as I am going back to writing my essay blogs again.

So I see everyone making their resolutions , the most common one is lose weight and that is why the gym at my work is so busy because everyone is into their resolutions , you know exercise and all that. Some resolutions are so hard to keep. My friend Darlene makes a resolution each year to lose weight and to date she has not lost much . He who breaks a resolution is a weakling; He who makes one is a fool. I always bear in mind that my own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. , I have fathomless hurt by my own family to fall back on. I do not need men to cheat me , my family has done a pretty good job of that. The only good source of knowledge is experience , for when you are experienced in life you have knowledge.

Real strength is a decision and can be found within each of us. It is our opportunity to awaken our inner strength and live the life we desire; to create, explore, and accomplish the things we hold dear. It takes strength to be in a loving relationship, raise a family, be yourself, and allow others to be themselves.

Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength, like I have done in this dumb place with no friends and horrible people. I survived being cheated out of my money, paid for a funeral for a father who left everything to his other two kids who did not ever bother with him when he was alive, almost died from pneumonia and yet I prevailed and though I am bitter I am still not out. People take my tenderness and kindness as a sign of weakness and stupidity but t one who survives a very abusive marriage , raised a child on their own with no money the tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and stupidity but manifestations of strength and resolution.
I am happy that my life is not without problems, for they toughen my mind. In fact I tell people not to bring me their successes for they weaken me; but rather to bring me their problems, for they strengthen me.

My father used to tell me that I was wise but I leant it by three ways

1. reflection, which is noblest;

2. by imitation which is the easiest

3. by experience which is most bitter

I know that I am still bitter and ask God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

For Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom, Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.

I have gained wisdom more readily through my failures than through my successes. Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what died inside of me and I am still alive. Life is a grindstone, and whether it grinds you down or polishes you up is for you and you alone to decide and I have decided that I am polishing mine up. So then I thought back to a poem I once read

When things go wrong as they sometimes will;
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill;
When the funds are low, and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but have to sigh;
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but do not quit.

Success is failure turned inside out;
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;
And you can never tell how close you are
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-
It’s when things go wrong that you must not quit.

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