When life is difficult and seems incredibly unfair, it is so easy to slip into a funk. But moping about doesn’t do a damn bit of good. I’d rather use my energy in positive ways. I want to see barriers as opportunities and challenges. Thank goodness I have friends who hug me, feed me dark chocolate and remind me of this perspective when my hope grows dim.

If you need a shot of inspiration, you might want to try listening to Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture. It did me a world of good when I needed it most. The quote that keeps me going today is:

But remember, the brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.

I remind myself…”Glenda, don’t be wimp. Don’t throw yourself against brick walls. And whatever you do, don’t stop focusing on what is really important. Find a way over, around or under the brick walls. Or take 10 giant steps backwards and make sure that wall is really the best way to climb on the way to making the world a better place.”