The Forests of Life

A letter that meant so much to me and held so much inspiration for all who are needing strength…

I’ve been meaning to share this with you for some time and have just been so busy I didn’t get to it, but it has been one of the greatest motivators for me that I’ve ever known:

Epictetus: “Men are not disturbed by the things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen.”

Whenever the walls have felt like they were falling in, I would remind myself of these words.

The Epictetus quote–I referred to it in my book Colors of the Mind in the chapter on Disappointment. I’ve had a lot of disappointing, discouraging things happen to me over the years, but I always hold on to that thought. It helps me get through the forests of life.

YOU are going to be a winner; it doesn’t matter what has happened. It’s going to be tough for a little while, but you’re going to be a winner; I’m absolutely sure of it. You are not a quitter. You never have been, and you won’t start now. Take your own advice (one day at a time) and mine (Epictetus), and soon whatever the mess may be, will be a memory.

Love you,


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One response to “The Forests of Life”

  1. Christian says:

    Your grandfather is one wise man. I’ve always admired your grandparents. Cherish them! I miss mine everyday.

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