Sometimes you wonder if events have gotten beyond your control. Here’s a clue: if you have to ask that question, they have. 

If you feel like giving up and want to surrender, don’t. There’s nobody to take you prisoner. 

If nobody notices you and no one seems to know your name, here’s an idea: Introduce yourself. If the problem persists, well, you’ve got some work to do in the personality department.

If you feel the need to do anything but exist to “keep it real,” either you’re prone to hallucinations or a complete idiot. Here’s a clue: The world is filled with tangible things and what’s happening around you is just what it appears to be. Your opinion on the color of the sky doesn’t make it any less blue. 

People who disagree with you are not necessarily bad people or stupid, any more than you are for not seeing things their way. There’s enough evil and stupid people to go around. Don’t go imagining more of them.

If you require “handlers” and you’re not a dancing bear or a mental patient, odds are you’re a politician prone to saying stupid things. Realize this: the vast majority of human beings don’t need to have the things they say approved by specialists or their actions carefully controlled. Get a grip.

Sometimes you say: “Why me?” Well, why not you? Do the math. Did you really think you were going to get through this whole ordeal in one piece?

What gets others mad or nervous isn’t necessarily your cue to share their feelings. Think for yourself. After the first couple of times it doesn’t hurt anymore.

Some people ask: If a tree falls in the forest and there’s nobody there to hear it fall, does it still make a sound? Here’s a clue: It sure as hell does! Those would be the stupid people who ask things like that. Don’t encourage them.

Some people are helpless. Help them.

Kindness is certainly not weakness, and often takes courage. Cruelty, on the other hand, is always cowardly. Here’s a handy tip: Be brave, be kind. Very often those who seem most undeserving of our love and kindness are those who need it most. It’s easy being nice to nice people. Take the next step. 

When enough people question your motives, odds are there’s something fishy about you. When that happens, ask yourself some hard questions. Being dead wrong would hardly be unprecedented for any of us. These things happen.

The deepest wounds are those that leave no scar. Bones knit and bodies heal, but sometimes souls are wounded forever. Mind how you treat your brothers and sisters. And who might they be? Anybody you ever run across. 

If you can’t laugh at yourself, don’t worry, there’s plenty of people willing to fill that void. Lighten up.

No one is a bigger bore than the easily bored.

Don’t complain about distractions. Upon these we build our lives. Not too many of us grow up to be the cowboy, the nurse, the movie star or the baseball player we dreamed of as children. Other things grab our attention and before you know it you’re living your life and it’s a pretty good one and damned interesting too. Keep your eyes wide open. You never know what cool things will present themselves. Don’t hesitate.

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