(Continuation of yesterday’s post by the same name)

5. How lucky am I that it has left me with no bitterness: Unshaken by the present and undismayed by the future. The thing could have happened to anyone, but not everyone would have emerged unembittered – meaning you’re strong and can take more than you think you can. You have no idea how tough you are until the opportunity demands you to be. Life is not always fair. Bad and difficult things happen and sometimes they happen to you, but you can choose to not take them personally and emerge from anything better with no lingering bitterness.

6. A man’s true delight is to do the things he was made for – aka find your talents and a way to use them. We all came here with a different default pack and various talents and strengths which, if used properly, could help our whole community. It may be anything at all and you may choose to make it your main occupation, hobby or a life mission, but you most certainly have a lot to give in a way that only you can give it. The best communities are those who respect the various talents of their members and use them to work together towards a common goal.

7. Is your cucumber bitter? Throw it away. Are there briars in your path? Turn aside. That’s enough – meaning don’t complain about the problems you encounter. Exert the least common sense force demanded to avoid or overcome the issue and then just move on. Don’t linger on the problem retelling it over and over to anyone with ears, complaining away the days of your lives. Complaining doesn’t solve anything, action does. Do what you have to and do your best not to spread negativity. We all get our fair share of troubles and rocks to stub out toes on. The existence of problems is nothing new and infinite whining does nothing about them.

8. Let it be clear to you that the pace of green fields can always be yours, in this, that or any other spot; and that nothing is any different here from what it would be either up in the hills, or down by the sea, or wherever else you will – meaning it doesn’t matter where you are. You can be happy anywhere because it’s not dependent on outside circumstances. It is secondary and where you are takes a back seat to who you are.

9. Avoid all actions that are haphazard or purposeless, and secondly, let every action aim solely at the common good – meaning don’t waste your time on purposeless things and when choosing what to do choose the option which will bring the most good to the largest number of people it possibly can. Don’t waste your energy with trinkets bidding for your attention and focus your energies on the greater good. There is honour in helping others and sharing what you have, be it knowledge, resources or support. Don’t expect any praise or return, just do good because it is the right thing to do.

10. Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave them if they were not yours – meaning count your blessings. Be grateful for what you have instead of always feeling lacking and envious of what you don’t have. Sometimes it’s better to have what you need than get what you want. It’s so easy to take good things for granted and focus on your desires instead. Take time out of the day for gratitude. It’s a perfect antidote to misery.